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Amanda Nunes vs Julianna Pena bantamweight title fight set for UFC 265

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Nunes will return to 135 pounds to defend her title against Julianna Pena, who has accused the champ of ducking her in the past.

UFC 259: Nunes v Anderson Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Julianna Pena has officially trash-talked her way into a title shot against Amanda Nunes.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto revealed on Twitter that Pena will challenge Nunes for the women’s Bantamweight title at UFC 265. At the moment of this report, no official date has been announced for that UFC pay-per-view (PPV) event, but early- to mid-August is expected.

This will be the first time the women’s double champ Nunes has defended her 135-pound title since Dec. 2019 where she cruised to a unanimous decision victory over No. 1-ranked Germaine de Randamie. Pena is currently ranked No. 6 in the division and is 2-1 over the past three years, with her most recent victory a submission win over Sara McMann. That and a contender elimination fight between Pena and Holly Holm falling out (details) was enough to lock “Venezuelan Vixen” in as the latest opponent for “The Lioness.”

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Pena has been extremely vocal about wanting a bout with Nunes, going as far as to accuse the champion of ducking her.

Nunes’ response was short and brutal, just like this fight is likely to be:

Now through a bit of happenstance, Pena will get her wish to face Nunes. We’ll see how it goes in August. Nunes is 21-4 in her career and on a 12-fight win streak, with seven of those being title defenses. Her last fight against Megan Anderson at UFC 259 ended via submission in just over two minutes.

So to say Nunes is on a bit of a run right now would be an understatement.