The UFC women’s bantamweight experienced a couple of issues to say about the champ-champ adhering to her submission get above Sara McMann on Saturday evening at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi. Pena (10-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) asked for a title shot and stated Nunes was “ducking” a struggle with her through her publish-battle job interview in octagon.
Talking with reporters back again stage, Pena additional a lot more context to her responses in the cage accusing Nunes of staying away from a struggle with her.
“She says I’m not a contender, but also a female with .500 report, with 3 wins and two losses, is a lot more of a contender than I am?” Pena reported. “I do not get it. She instructed me she would battle me and now she’s indicating I’m not a contender. To me, it just seems like she doesn’t want to combat me. I’m not injured and I’m ready to step in on small see if that is what desires to occur, but which is the only battle that helps make feeling to me.”
Nunes defends her featherweight title March 6 at UFC 259 from former Invicta FC featherweight winner Megan Anderson (11-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC).
Pena, who’s been battling in the UFC since 2013, is 2-2 in her previous four fights. Having said that, even although she’s not in her greatest vocation operate, Pena thinks the defeats ought to hold an asterisk following to them.
“First off, when she fought Miesha Tate at UFC 200, I had just beaten Cat Zingano and Cat Zingano experienced just stopped Amanda Nunes and Amanda stated she would struggle me,” Pena explained. “Then she went and fought Ronda Rousey. I was going to wait and bench myself, but then I acquired strong-holed into combating Valentina (Shevchenko).
“I put Valentina in positions that she didn’t want to be in and I produced the mistake about getting about thrilled and punching myself into a submission. And similar detail with planet champion Germaine de Randamie. I set her in positions she did not want to be in and I screwed myself by not pulling her off the fence more and wondering I was caught in a common guillotine. I was shoulder pressuring her and I was like, ‘Thanks. I passed to the ideal aspect. I’m shoulder pressuring, so thank you.’ And then I was gurgling and I was like, ‘Man, I’m shoulder pressuring, it’s possible I want to shoulder force extra,’ and then I was gurgling and I was out. So anyways, I’m putting ladies in positions they don’t want to be in and I’m the one which is building the blunders.”
Pena thinks she marketed be next in line to problem Nunes for her bantamweight title. She’s not sure what will come next, but she needs a championship struggle.
“The strategy is for me to combat for the belt. That is generally been the system,” Pena stated. “I never know. I’m likely to talk to the bosses. But for the most component, Amanda is the only combat that will make perception for me.”