UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate is a former training partner of fifth-ranked Julianna Pena. Tate selected Pena to be on her team during The Ultimate Fighter 18, and Pena won the tournament. They’re friends and agreed to not fight unless the title was on the line.
“We’ve discussed it several times, and we discussed it primarily right after I won The Ultimate Fighter. Because we’re friends, the deal was, the only condition that we would fight each other was if she had the belt or if I had the belt,” Pena explained to Submission Radio.
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“Now that she has the belt, I know that she’s aware that that was the agreement,” she said.
If Pena had her way, she’d be facing Tate for the title in her next outing despite their friendship.
“If they wanted to put me in that title shot, I would love that. I would love nothing more than that, but if they want me to fight one more and fight for the title, then I’ll do that too,” she said.
There are bigger fights than Pena for Tate right now, though. She could face former titleholder and her nemesis Ronda Rousey for a third time, or rematch former champion Holly Holm. She could face third-ranked Cat Zingano to avenge a previous loss. Fourth-ranked Amanda Nunes has also called for a shot at the belt.
Pena made her case for being the person to face Tate in Tate’s first title defense, saying the top four have already faced each other.
“The question about who I’m going to fight next is kind of interesting to everyone. All ….View full article