Dana White: Julianna Pena's 'worst injury ever' resulted from attack by male training partner in gym

Esther Lin MMA Fighting

The UFC president has more details about what caused the devastating knee injury to TUF champ Julianna Pena and why he wants her to leave her gym.

It was already big news when it was found that Julianna Pena, the first ever female Ultimate Fighter winner, had "tore her ACL, MCL, LCL, meniscus and hamstring" during training and would be out for at least 18 months.

But, what Dana told the press during the UFC 169 media scrum, might just heats thing up a notch.

Skip to about 6:17

MMAFighting's Chuck Mindenhal has the transcript

"It’s the worst injury I’ve ever heard of, ever, in this sport, and you hear about those types of injuries in football. Apparently, when she came into the gym -- and again, she was hysterical when I talked to her, crying -- she was training in her gym and one of her training partners, a guy, was saying to her, ‘oh, you’re wearing your Ultimate Fighter shirt, we’re real scared.’ He says that and was talking smack to her and then basically attacked her."

"He jumped on her back, started cranking her neck, and the way she fell her knee blew out. The most disgusting thing I’ve ever heard in my life. A year-and-a-half to two years she’ll be out, and I told her to leave that disgusting gym and go somewhere else with new coaches, new training partners, whatever. And that’s all I know."

Also, Dana doesn't know if it was a pro or amateur fighter. Just that it was definitely "a guy".

Ariel Helwani asked that if it was kind of like assault.

"It sounds like assault to me, but how do you consider it assault in a gym? You know what I mean?"

After Helwani gave Dana the run down of Rick Little, SIK-JITSU'S coach, story of what happened.

"That’s so far from the story she told me right after she was completely hysterical and crying, completely opposite," he said. "Completely different story from what she told me. Somewhere in the middle lies the truth."

Here's a tweet from Pena's coach (thanks Kevin!):

Here's what Ariel Helwani, Luke Thomas, Chuck Mindenhall of MMA Fighting and Jeff Wagenheim of Sports Illustrated had to say about this situation on the MMA Beat:

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