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Julianna Pena wants Amanda Nunes trilogy, promises ‘this time I will not miss’

Julianna Pena feels its only fair that Amanda Nunes give her an immediate rematch

Amanda Nunes defeated Julianna Pena at UFC 277
Amanda Nunes defeated Julianna Pena at UFC 277
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Julianna Pena wants a trilogy bout with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.

“Everyone keeps asking me what’s next,” Pene wrote in a recent Instagram post. “I’m getting my belt back that’s what’s next! A trilogy with [Nunes] is the fight to make. I did everything I said I was going to do going into that first fight. I gave Amanda the immediate rematch within six months and man maybe I should have sat out for two years like she does?”

Pena upset Nunes at UFC 269, scoring a second-round submission win over the long-reigning champion. Pena used pressure and output to overwhelm the champ, who was a -1250 favorite over Pena, who entered the bout as a +210 underdog.

Pena and Nunes met in a rematch at UFC 277. The odds in that fight were closer, with Nunes the -286 favorite over Pena, who entered her first title defense as the +200 underdog. Nunes scored a clean sweep on the scorecards in that scrap (50-45, 50-44, 50-43), changing up her stance, scoring six takedowns and racking up nearly 12 minutes of control time.

In her post, the ex-champ noted Nunes’ approach to the rematch, “She had to go home and revamp her entire style to beat me,” Peña wrote. “I take it as a compliment. She outsmarted me the second time I give her that. We are 1-1 and this time I will not miss. [UFC], the trilogy needs to happen.”

The UFC has not booked Nunes, who also holds the promotion’s 145-pound title, for her next title defense. Pena is the No. 1 ranked fighter in the official UFC women’s bantamweight division.