Julianna Pena is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She is the first woman to win ‘The Ultimate Fighter’. Pena is the daughter of Grace Pena, a former ‘KREM 2’ reporter and morning/noon meteorologist. Julianna attended Spokane Community College. In August 2013, it was announced that Pena was one of the fighters selected to be on ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate’.
Talking about her married life or her boyfriend, she has not revealed anything about it till now. Pena faced former title challenger ‘Cat Zingano’ at UFC 200 on 9th July 2016. Her award-winning mixed martial art documentary ‘Fight Life Featured Pena,’ directed by James Z was released in 2013. Fighting out of Chicago, she has won four consecutive fights.In 2014, she suffered a serious injury after her winning effort on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF).
The first woman to win The Ultimate Fighter Julianna Pena was born on August 19, 1989, in the United States of America. She is the younger sister of former KREM 2 reporter and morning/noon meteorologist Grace Pena. She belongs to the Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity.
Julianna Pena graduated from Mt. Spokane High School in 2007. Then she attended Spokane Community University, but still, has not finished her degree yet.
She started a cardio kickboxing class at the end of October 2008 and took her first Ammy fight in April 2009. She won four consecutive fights, however, suffered her first defeat in April 2012 to “The ultimate Fighter” Sarah Moras in 140 pounds catchweight bout.
Julianna Pena is one of the fighters selected to be on “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate in August 2013.
The Ultimate Fighter
During Julianna Pena's first tournament fight was very tuff and as she faced top 10 ranked Shayna Baszler. Ronda Rousey selected the first match between Pena and Baszler. After a back and first round in which Julianna's actual boxing combinations escaped lots of Baszler’s submission attempts.
She came out hard in the 2nd round, with powerful knee strikes that amazed Baszler. In the end, she was able to achieve back mount and won by rear naked choke for possibly the biggest upset victory of the season.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Julianna Pena faced Jessica Rakoczy in the finals on 30 November 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. In the final, she won the bout by TKO.
Julianna Pena pulled out of the bout after grief an injury to her right knee at UFC 171 on March 15, 2014.
Although, the severity of the injury, doctors have guaranteed that Pena’s right knee will be fully recovered after surgery.
Film and Television
The mixed martial artist Julianna Pena was featured in the award-winning mixed martial arts documentary Fight Life. The movie was directed by James Z. Feng and released in 2013.
Julianna Pena was arrested in Spokane, Washington, on Sunday, December 20, 2015. Spokane Police Department charged with 2 counts of Assault. She got drunk in a bar with Josh Gow, and Pena kicked a bar employee in the groin and also the owner for 2 times.
After the court hearing in December, Julianna was further moved in the Spokane County District Court 19th of January. Later, a judge granted a stipulation order of extension in her case such that if Julianna had no other incidents for a year so that the case would be dismissed.
Julianna Pena is popular and successful martial arts. However, she is still unmarried at the age of 27 and there are no rumors about her boyfriend and love affairs till now.
Julianna Pena net worth is estimated to be around $200,000. Her current salary per match is around $65,000, with a match win bonus.