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Fighter involved in 'freak accident' that injured Julianna Pena slams 'horrible' MMA media for manufacturing 'attack'

"We have a very good gym — we’re very together as a gym. We may have an odd way of doing stuff, but we’ve produced three UFC fighters. We’re obviously doing something right.” --Josh Gow

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Undefeated mixed martial arts (MMA) bantamweight prospect Josh Gow has read the reports regarding his "attack" on fellow Sik-Jitsu team mate Julianna Pena earlier this month in Spokane, Washington.

And he's not happy about them.

That's because "Juggy" insists that what happened to The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 winner during their practice session was a "freak accident," and not an "attack," which sent Pena under the knife to repair a massive amount of damage in her knee.

Gow vents to MMA Sucka:

"We just started rolling and it was our first round. We were about two minutes into it, it was just submission wrestling, grappling, rolling or whatever you want to call it and I took back position off the wall. As we were falling away from the wall, with my hooks in, she was supporting my weight as I was going for a rear naked choke. Her knee twisted in a weird way and we are where we are at today. It was all really terrible... There's really nobody that can explain it, it was just a freak accident at the gym... That's what I'd like to clear up or had already cleared up. I want my name to be pronounced in a good way and not be remembered as somebody that hurt my training partner or that was in an accident with my training partner. It's gotten blown out of proportion and I really think it's pretty horrible of the media to have set somebody out as an attacker and not to get all the facts before coming out with all this stuff."

Fellow Sik-Jitsu team mate Sam Sicilia corroborated his account (read it here).

To be fair to both sides, it's unrealistic to think that headlines aren't going to be made when UFC President Dana White tells all 2.7 million of his Twitter followers that Pena was "attacked," only to later expound on the story and provide a detailed account of what allegedly happened in what he referred to as a "disgusting" gym.

Clearly there are two sides to this story.

But the one person who could likely put this issue to bed once and for all is Pena; however, the "Venezuelan Vixen" has remained tight-lipped since the injury, which forced her to withdraw from her upcoming UFC 171 fight against Jessica Andrade.

She did, however, tell fans her surgery was a success (via Facebook):

"Surgery was a success! I was freaking out the whole time thinking I wasn't going to wake up for provoking death so much, but I'm alive! I want to give a special thanks to the doctors that operated on me, particularly Dr. Kvitney, here in LA. Dana put me in the best hands for surgery; they're confident i will make a full recovery in due time."

For more background on Pena's injury click here and here.

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