Julianna Pena hasn’t fought since October, but that hasn’t kept her out of the public eye.
The former The Ultimate Fighter winner was arrested in December on two assault charges following a scuffle outside a Spokane, Washington, bar, putting her MMA career on hold. Pena is 3-0 inside the UFC Octagon (7-2 overall), making this hiatus all the more frustrating for all parties involved.
“I think that they’re [UFC officials are] waiting for it all to blow over and for the matter to get handled, and then after that, I’ll be making a fight announcement,” Pena told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “Hopefully I’ll have something here soon on the horizon, that’s what I’m hoping for, and I’m confident that I’ll be getting back in the Octagon shortly.”
Regarding the arrest itself, Pena said she couldn’t give any details since she’s involved in a pending criminal case. She did, however, mention that she expects the matter to be “resolved fairly easily” and she expects the case to be heard some time in the “end of May, maybe early June.”
Once that is settled, she’ll have her fight, she believes, and there are plenty of options at hand.
Since her last fight, Ronda Rousey suffered the first defeat of her career at the hands (and shin) of Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia. This upset opened up the division, and now Pena sees plenty of options on the horizon – but no clear-cut choice.
Holm will defend her title against Miesha Tate March 5 at UFC 196, but beyond that, nothing is certain in the women’s 135-pound division.
“I have no idea [who I will face next],” she said. “This fight [Holm vs. Tate] is going to be interesting in itself, and then also ….View full article
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