Julianna Pena aka “The Venezuelan Vixen” is a UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and Excite Fight Champion. She holds the number 3 spot in the Bantamweight division of the official list in the UFC. She is also the first woman to have won as The Ultimate Fighter.
Born in Spokane, Washington on August 19, 1989, Pena is of Venezuelan and Mexican descent. Her interest in mixed martial arts started when she took up a cardio-kickboxing class in October 2008. After a couple of months, she was already fighting amateur matches.
In May 2009, Pena made her professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) debut. She won four consecutive fights in the EF, IFC, CS and the COTC. Her first taste of defeat was against Sarah Moras at the Conquest of the Cage in 2012 via a TKO in the second round of the bout. She was reportedly knocked unconscious and had her nose broken due to the shock. She also lost against DeAnna Bennett at the Showdown Fights 10 in 2013.
Pena suffered several injuries – one would be on her right knee. The injury occurred when she was on training while she was grappling. It was one of the most severe injuries of Pena hitting her ACL, MCL, LCL, and meniscus.
After a year of recovering from the said injury, Pena comeback fight happened on April 4, 2015 and was against Milana Dudieva. She won that UFC Fight Night 63 via a TKO on the first round. Pena’s most recent fight was in UFC Fight Night against Valentina Shevchenko last January 28, 2017. She lost the fight in round 2 via submission.
Julianna Pena has a total record of 12 fights with 9 wins and 3 losses throughout her professional MMA career.