In one of the biggest upsets in UFC history, Julianna Pea defeated Amanda Nunes at UFC 269 by submitting her with a rear-naked choke in the second round. UFC 277 took place in July of this year, and the rematch between the two women was the main event.
Nunes won by unanimous decision after repeatedly knocking down the champion, Pea, and fending off submission attempts. There was talk that, after such a convincing performance, Pea should be granted an immediate rematch, similar to the one she granted Nunes. There have been arguments on both sides, but to Pea, the choice is clear.
“There’s no other fight I can see,” said Peña.
“I gave her a rematch, immediately, within six months. It’s time for her to return the favor. Not much else needs to be said other than we’re 1-1. This needs to be solved in a trilogy fight. Let’s make it happen.”
“Amanda was able to dig deep,” said Peña.
“Something I find really interesting is that, after she lost to me, there were so many excuses as to why she lost. For me, there are no excuses. I could come up with excuses, but I’m not here to do that. Let’s settle this fair and square in a trilogy.”