Julianna Peña aims to become ‘role model’ for young people

Julianna Peña looks to inspire others by capturing the UFC women’s bantamweight title Saturday night.

Julianna Peña is finally getting her crack at UFC gold Saturday night when she challenges the female GOAT and double champion, Amanda Nunes. Both women were scheduled to fight each other in August before Nunes pulled out due to COVID-19, forcing the fight to get rescheduled to a later date. And now, finally, UFC 269 will see both women throw down to determine bantamweight supremacy leading into 2022.

For Peña, this is the biggest fight of her professional career, as she’ll look to spoil Nunes’ run of dominance at 135 pounds and end her six-year unbeaten streak. The Washington native is 10-4 as a professional and is a former TUF contestant. During her pre-fight media scrum, Peña spoke on her goal of not only becoming a world champion but setting an example as a role model for young people that they can achieve their dreams if they set their minds to them.

“Anytime you can take out the GOAT, that’s just, you know, obviously a feather in the cap there,” Peña said. “But I truly am ready to step into the light of becoming the new bantamweight world champion. I’m ready to be that role model for young women, for young men just to let them know that from a little tiny garage in Spokane, Washington, you can make it. You can make your dreams come true, and I’m ready to step in there and step into that light.”

How did Julianna Peña earn a title shot?

Peña earned a crack at Nunes after dethroning former title challenger, Sara McMann, at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi. Pena won the fight by third-round rear-naked-choke, as it marked her sixth victory in her last eight Octagon appearances.

A win for Peña would officially begin a new era in the women’s bantamweight division, but only time will tell.

UFC 269 takes place on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided MMA, who is on-site, for all your news and highlights.

Source: FanSided

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