Looks like Amanda Nunes will have her first title defense for the UFC women’s bantamweight division as rumors are linking her to Julianna Pena after it was officially announced that Ronda Rousey has yet to officially return inside the Octagon.
Nunes took on social media on agreeing to fight Pena after being called out. The Brazilian champion has set her goals in fighting Rousey at UFC 205 set in New York City, but it seems it will take a while for her wish be granted.
Nunes fired back at Pena’s post and dismiss the allegation that she has ducked from her for two years now. The champ stated that she would “love to” fight Pena now that Rousey is out of the picture.
Valentina Shevchenko, who won over Holly Holm at UFC on Fox 20, also wanted a crack against Nunes but has yet to receive a response for a rematch with the champ.
— Valentina Shevchenko (@BulletValentina) August 25, 2016
Pena is the number four contender in the women’s bantamweight division followed by Shevchenko. The American fighter recently won over title challenger Cat Zingano for her fourth straight victory and has captured Nunes’ attention lately.
Nunes wanted a part of UFC 205 and a title defense will make it a sell-out event come Nov. 12 at the Madison Square Garden. She hopes that the UFC would make the fight happen and Nunes does not questions who she fights as long as the challenger is a worthy opponent.
— Julianna Peña (@VenezuelanVixen) August 24, 2016
After winning the title at UFC 200, Nunes was vocal is calling out Rousey. Since that is not yet bound to happen, Nunes sets her attention on Pena, who has begged for a fight. Nunes now calls on UFC president Dana White to book her the fight with Pena at UFC 205 while she waits for Rousey to heal up.