Julianna Pena

Julianna Pena explains why she should be considered the first “mom champ” in UFC history

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Julianna Pena explained why she should be considered the first “mom champ” in UFC history.

Pena defeated Amanda Nunes via second-round rear-naked choke in the main event of UFC 269. It was one of the biggest upsets in MMA history as Pena was a +600 betting underdog to win the fight. Not only did Pena defeat the greatest women’s fighter of all time in Nunes, but she did so after being very inactive over the last few years. Due to giving birth to her daughter, Pena did not fight at all between January 2017 and July 2019. Since returning to the Octagon, she is 3-1 overall in the UFC. What she has done after returning from giving birth has been unbelievable, and she believes she deserves more credit.

Speaking to the media following UFC 269, Pena said that she wants to be considered the first “mom champ” in UFC history. While Nunes is also a mother herself, it was her partner Nina Nunes who actually gave birth to their daughter. Pena, meanwhile, gave birth to her child, and so she believes it puts her in the unique position of being the first “mom champ” in UFC history (via LVRJ’s Adam Hill).

Julianna Pena says she should be considered the first “mom” champ and not Amanda Nunes because, “All respect to her, but I gave birth to my daughter.” Says there should be a “baddest mom on the planet belt” made. #UFC269

Transcription for context: “(They) need to create a new belt for me & it needs to be the ‘Baddest Mom on the Planet.’ Not trying to take anything away from Amanda. She’s a wonderful mother, but I gave birth to my daughter and I feel like for giving birth, I’m the 1st mom champ”

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