Rematches with Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko aren’t the only fights that peak the interest of Julianna Peña.

The women’s UFC Bantamweight Champion would capture her first title by defeating Amanda Nunes in a absolute upset at UFC 269. Peña, the massive underdog, would stand and bang with Nunes before submitting the champ on the ground.

Peña Throws Up A Name

With the belt on her shoulders, she is looking to settle another score, sometime in the future.  Peña would love nothing more than to beat another bantamweight champion. Her name? Ronda Rousey. 

“It would be amazing to pull Ronda Rousey back out of retirement.” Peña told The New York Post. “It would be great to have her come back to UFC and fight again.”

It might look like as a random call-out of the retired Rousey, but not everything is as it seems. There is a short history between the former and current queen of 135. 

Her Relationship With Rousey

It would all begin in 2013, on season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter. The story of the season would be a heated rivalry between coaches Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. And of course, Julianna Peña, who ended up winning the whole tournament. 

Peña would grow close with Tate over the course of the season. The same can’t be said for opposing coach, Rousey. 

We’re not friends,” Peña continued. “We don’t speak. She really had a tough time getting along with me on The Ultimate Fighter. She didn’t like me at all because I was friends with Miesha Tate. She wasn’t the nicest.”

UFC champ Julianna Peña on Ronda Rousey: 'We're not friends'
Miesha Tate, Julianna Peña and Ronda Rousey – TUF 18

Throughout the TUF season, Rousey would watch her team get decimated by Peña. To begin the series off, ‘Rowdy’ even threw her top pick against Peña, but team Rousey would fail. 

What Rousey Told Peña

Watching her work up close during the show, Peña reveals Rousey told her something that sticks with her, to this very day. 

“I don’t know that she’ll recall this because she ended up getting taken out by her entire team,” Peña said. “But when we won ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and got out of the house, she told me that, ‘You’re gonna give me a tougher fight than Miesha Tate did, but when that day comes I’m still gonna kick your ass.’”

Rousey would tell this to Peña, when she was in her prime. It was ‘Rowdy’s’ world for a while. The undefeated champion wouldn’t lose until late 2015, where a headkick from Holly Holm changed everything.

She’d come back in 2016, but would be starched by Amanda Nunes in less than a minute. It wasn’t just Rousey’s return fight… it would be her last.

Since then, Rousey was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. She’d also venture into the pro wrestling scene. After this adventure, she became a mom. On top of that, the former UFC Champion is now a videogame streamer. 

While it’s very unlikely we’ll see Rousey in the Octagon, Peña would like to see this unfinished business of hers settled. 

By Chris De Santiago

Chris De Santiago is a 19 year-old journalist out of Texas. He is the founder of his own media outlet, MMA Island. He is currently the editor-in-chief at MiddleEasy along with being a journalist for My MMA News.

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