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Julianna Pena vs. Amanda Nunes staredown video from TUF 30 media day

On Monday, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champions Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes locked eyes for the first time since their historic encounter at UFC 269 in Dec. 2021 (watch highlights). The Bantamweight and Featherweight titleholders will square off once again at the conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 30, where Nunes looks to recapture her 135-pound strap.

The date for when the rematch will happen remains to be determined.

What we do know, however, is that Pena and Nunes will be coaching Heavyweight men and 125-pound Flyweight women.

Pena — who shocked the mixed martial arts (MMA) world with her historic upset over Nunes — will be coming full circle with her return to TUF. Season 18 of the show saw “The Venezuelan Vixen” run through the competition as a member of Miesha Tate’s team. It was the very first season to feature women and Pena has only lost to fellow, future or former champions in Valentina Shevchenko and Germaine de Randamie since.

Nunes’ loss to Pena goes down as one of the biggest upsets in MMA history. After having her 12-fight win streak snapped by a second round rear-naked choke submission, “The Lioness” had reportedly left her long-time gym of American Top Team (ATT) to start her own team. Nunes would clarify on Monday that she just wants a private space at the moment, but does intend to coach eventually.

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