Julianna Pena says she still wants to fight Ronda Rousey in the future but for now she has more urgent business to take care of.
Pena is set to headline UFC Fight Night on Saturday when she takes on fellow bantamweight contender Valentina Shevchenko.
There is no love lost between Pena and Rousey following a verbal bust-up between the pair when Rousey claimed that the 27-year-old didn't belong on the same stage as Shayna Baszler before t bout at The Ultimate Fighter 18.
However, Pena won the whole tournament and she won't be forgetting Rousey's comments anytime soon.
“You don’t forgot something like that,” Pena recently told MMA Fighting. “When someone disrespects you like Ronda did to me you don’t forget that.”
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Amanda Nunes, who knocked out Rousey late last year, is likely to be the next opponent for Pena if she can overcome the Shevchenko challenge in Denver this weekend.
“What I’m here to do it prove I’m the best fighter in the world,” Pena added. “Ronda doesn’t have the belt anymore. Amanda Nunes does. Beating Ronda does not prove to the world that I’m the best fighter, so I have no time for that right now. I’m going to beat Valentina and then I’m going to fight Amanda and show everyone who’s the best.”
On Rousey's loss to Nunes, Pena continued: “I predicted a first-round knockout. I saw it coming. Ronda doesn’t like being punched in the face nothing is going to change that. Don’t be afraid of her takedowns, go in close and hit her and hit her again and again. We don’t even know if she’s going to come back so I can’t think too much about Ronda right now. But yeah, if the fight came up at the right time of course I’d still take it.”