UFC featherweight Sam Sicilia refutes Dana White's claim that Julianna Pena was 'attacked' in training

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

Team Sikjitsu fighter and UFC featherweight Sam Sicilia has heard the accusations made by UFC President Dana White, and insists they are not accurate.

Accidents happen!

That's the message from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight Sam Sicilia, who refutes UFC President Dana White's claim that The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 champion Julianna Pena was "attacked" at the Sikjitsu gym in Spokane, Washington.

From Bleacher Report:

"No, she wasn't assaulted. I guess she was at the gym, just lifting, and she went from there to go grapple. I don't know if she didn't warm up or what her deal was, but the guy she goes with, he's one of those little 35 pounders, and I guess they were just training, and he had her up against the cage and then jumped on her back to get his hooks in. I think she went for a switch or something, and it was just bad. He's a little power pellet, you know? So, he's a little buff guy. I wasn't there, but I've heard it from everybody-what happened. It definitely wasn't assault or anything like that. ... It wasn't like he grabbed a submission and wouldn't let go or anything like that. They're the same size, so him jumping on her back-I don't get how that happens, but it wasn't like she just walked in the door and somebody 'cannonballed' on her or something weird."

See what had White so fired up here.

Pena was expected to make her return to the Octagon against Jessica Andrade at the UFC 171 pay-per-view (PPV) event in March; however, the "disgusting" injury to her knee -- which shredded her ACL, MCL, LCL, and hamstring, was bad enough to warrant surgery that will keep "The Venezuelan Vixen" sidelined for up to two years. As a result, Andrade will now face Raquel Pennington.

No word yet on whether or not Pena will abandon her gym, as directed.

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