Julianna Peña is the first woman to win The Ultimate Fighter and is now on everyone's radar.
Julianna Peña is the first woman to win The Ultimate Fighter and is now on everyone’s radar.

By Kyler Kuehler

Julianna Pena has been on a roll ever since she won The Ultimate Fighter 18 back in November of 2013, where she was a member of Team Tate against Team Rousey. Since entering the UFC she has remained undefeated in the company thus giving her a record of 8-2. Now that she has just defeated number three contender Cat Zingano in a unanimous decision victory (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) it looks as if her next fight will be for the title against the newly crowned champion Amanda Nunes.

Pena did defeat a top dog in the women’s bantamweight division, but should that guarantee her the next title shot above fighters such as Holly Holm, Ronda Rousey or Cris Cyborg who are three of the most dominant female athletes to ever compete in the sport of MMA?

It might not sound like she should after hearing these three names, but when considering all that she has accomplished in just a short amount of time she sure looks to deserve the next crack at the belt with the chance to finally prove herself to the UFC and the entire world why she deserves to be competing in the sport of MMA.


Throw in the fact that she has finished six of eight of her victories by knockout or submission shows that she is capable of finishing fights and always brings everything she possesses to where she always gives 110 percent every time she steps inside that octagon.

If that is not enough then let’s take a look back at her fight against Cat Zingano that was truly her most dominating performance yet. At first Pena looked to be in trouble in the first round when Zingano took her to the ground, but when that happened Pena managed to land several strikes while on her back keeping Zingano at bay to where she would barely walk away with the round victory. Then when the second round came Pena landed even more strikes and even reversed many of Zingano’s grappling techniques to the point that she out grappled her and caused her to lose much of her energy. Later Pena would go on to dominate Zingano in the final round and earn her the decision win along with catching the eye of the fans and the rest of the women’s division.

If a performance like that against a fighter like Zingano was not enough to get her into title contention then what else would she have to do in order to secure herself a shot at the belt and possibly become the first fighter of Venezuelan decent to hold UFC gold.

I say that she completed the next step she needed to earn herself a crack at the belt and now it is time to make the fight happen and set the date so fans will know when to sit down and watch another match of female athletes go at it inside the octagon of the UFC.