UFC 297: Mayra Bueno Silva was more interested to fight Juliana Pena

Mayra Bueno Silva explains why she isn't strongly interested to fight Raquel Pennington.

by Aryan Lakhani
UFC 297: Mayra Bueno Silva was more interested to fight Juliana Pena
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On 21st January 2024, the UFC women’s bantamweight division will have a new champion as Mayra Bueno Silva and Raquel Pennington will be fighting for the vacant belt. Before Mayra Bueno Silva accepted the fight, she thought she would be facing Juliana Pena and was looking forward to it; Bueno Silva was disappointed when she heard Juliana Pena wouldn’t be able to show up because she wanted someone who could sell the fight.

Mayra Bueno Silva on Juliana Pena

Recently on MMA Fighting’s Trocação Franca podcast, Marya Bueno Silva explained how she was looking forward to fighting Juliana Pena first. “At first I thought it was going to be Julianna, so we started watching all of Julianna’s fights after dinner,” Silva said, as quoted by mmafighting.com.

“A week later, I found out it was against Raquel. I didn’t even think about it, I thought it was Julianna because we were planning for that, right? I was super happy, already studying for Julianna, and then, ‘No, no, no, it’s Raquel.’ I was so excited [to fight for the UFC title], I didn’t even ask who the opponent was.

Like it or not, Julianna would be more exciting as a fight, Not that Raquel is a bad athlete, but Julianna promotes fights better. Raquel is not that type of person, she doesn’t talk too much. She’s the type of athlete that likes to fight, and that’s it, so I was like, ‘Damn, I’ll have to try to promote this fight on my own.’ But my total focus is the best regardless.

Mayra Bueno Silva hopes to fight Juliana Pena

“Julianna will stay injured for the rest of her career, she doesn’t want to fight. She just wants to talk. All she does is noise. I have so much fun with her. Every time she posts something about me, it’s just funny to me.

I hope this fight happens, because it will fans will have so much fun. I promise to beat the crap out of her and show who’s the boss”.