Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has accepted a rematch against new champion Julianna Pena to take place in 2022.
In one of the biggest upsets of all time in mixed martial arts history, Nunes lost via second-round submission to Pena. Nunes was a -1000 betting favorite entering the fight on the heels of a 12-fight win streak, while Pena was a +600 underdog after having just a one-fight win streak heading into her title fight. But as we have seen happen so many times in MMA, the better fighter on paper lost. After dominating early on, Nunes got tired, Pena took the fight to her, and we had a massive upset go down.
Since Nunes had such a long winning streak heading into the fight, Pena said after winning the belt that she had no problem giving the former champ an immediate rematch. Now, it appears as though Nunes is accepting the offer. Taking to her social media just two days after losing her title at UFC 269, Nunes officially accepted Pena’s call for a rematch, tagging UFC president Dana White in the message.
“You guys think I’m going to go out unbalanced. I undoubtedly accept the rematch. Give me a little time to get my sh*t together and I will be back better than ever. @danawhite,” Nunes wrote on Instagram.
Nunes is considered the greatest women’s MMA fighter of all time, so after losing just once in the past six years, she deserves the chance to get an immediate rematch for the belt that she just lost. Of course, it’s also worth noting that Nunes is still a UFC champion since she has the 145lbs belt. But after losing her 135lbs title, it seems likely that trying to win the 135lbs belt back will be her first order of business.
Who do you think will win the rematch between Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena in 2022?
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