Raquel Pennington wants to fight Juliana Pena after August-September

Raquel Pennington shares her thoughts on fighting Juliana Pena.

by Aryan Lakhani
Raquel Pennington wants to fight Juliana Pena after August-September
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Raquel Pennington recently beat Mayra Bueno Silva and claimed the prestigious UFC women’s bantamweight belt vacated by Amanda Nunes. Pennington’s first title defense will most likely be against Juliana Pena; interestingly, Pennington was waiting to fight Juliana Pena over a decade.

This will be the year where her desired fight will most probably get manifested into reality. However, Raquel Pennington wants to spend time with family due to which she is not interested in entertaining Juliana Pena’s proposed fight for June-July.

Pennington believes she has gained enough authority to decide when to fight and is aiming to show up in the ending phase of the year.

Raquel Pennington on fighting Juliana Pena

Recently on The MMA Hour, Raquel Pennington shared her thoughts on fighting Juliana Pena and explained why she won’t fight her in June-July.

“I feel like Julianna has a very delusional version of our history together, but it makes it fun,” Pennington said as quoted by mmafighting.com. “It’s building a storyline, and the more she keeps talking and yapping, she’s selling things.

Good for you. But at the end of the day, our fists are going to talk and I’ll tell you what, this is a fight I’ve been waiting for since 2013 and we were on The Ultimate Fighter. Somehow our time has not aligned, but obviously it’s coming, and I’m excited to finally punch her * in the mouth.

I will say that”.

Raquel Pennington on when she wants to fight Juliana Pena

“I don’t know why she thinks she calls the shots, I’m the champion. She’s talking June or July, but Tecia’s got some exciting news, coming back, and so it’s her focus now.

That’s kind of where I’m at. I do want some time off. I want to be able to spend some time with my family, with Alayah. Tecia really held down the fort through this whole camp, and so now I just want to be Mama Bear.

I want to hang out with daughter and let Tecia do her thing. So I’m thinking probably not until at least August or September, or maybe even later than that. We’ll see”.