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Trainer: Julianna Pena eyes March return, can beat anyone in UFC not named Ronda Rousey on a week's notice

Mighty bold statement.

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The women's bantamweight division is about to get a bit more crowded, as Julianna Pena is eying a return to the Octagon in March of 2015.

The "Venezuelan Vixen" has been out of action for over a year after she suffered a horrific knee injury, initially described as an "attack" by one of her male training partners at Team "Sikjitsu" in Spokane, Washington.

Pena has since set the record straight.

Still recuperating after tearing her ACL, MCL, LCL, meniscus, and hamstring, Pena is close to getting back into fighting shape, as her coach tells UFC Tonight that she could make her way back into the cage as early as next March.

And once she's there, she will take on and beat all comers; on a week's notice if need be.

"I talked to her coach, and he says she's made an amazing recovery. If it were up to him, she could be back in January, but she's expected to return in March. He says on a week's notice, she can beat anyone in the division not named Ronda Rousey."

But make no mistake about it, Pena and her coach are more than confident that she can beat Ronda, it will just take a bit more time to get prepared for a bout against the queen of MMA.

With six professional fights to her credit, Pena didn't burst onto the spotlight until after she captured The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 18 crown by defeating Jessica Rakoczy at TUF 18 Finale.

And she plans on kicking ass and taking names once she gets back into the swing of things.

You've been warned, ladies.

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