Ronda Rousey’s training practices were criticized heavily throughout the year. Even more so after her first round loss by Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in December. While appearing on the UFC Unfiltered podcast to promote UFC on FOX 23, #2 ranked Julianna Pena revealed information regarding what went on inside Rousey’s camp, allegedly.
Pena faces #1 ranked Valentina Shevchenko in the main event of tonight’s UFC on Fox 23 event.
The winner will most likely be the next challenger for UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. While speaking with the hosts to promote her fight, Pena said Holly Holm exposed Rousey could be beaten if you hit her in the face and keep moving. Many of the fighters don’t like getting hit in the face. But Pena alleges that Rousey’s sparring partners had to sign a waiver which prohibits them from hitting her in the face while training.
“I’m mostly trying to have some banter at Holly. At the same time you have got to giver her credit for being able to implement the gameplan against Ronda. That’s to keep her away at a distance and punch her in the face. She don’t like that and she’s not allowed to get hit in sparring,” said Pena.
“These girls have to sign these waivers to say that ‘We never hit Ronda. We’ll never talk about this type of training ever and all this stuff, you know? She’s not really taking the toll in the camp of getting punched in the face legitimately. She doesn’t really know what that feels like.”
Julianna Pena understands that Rousey is a big star, and so she’s being protected from getting hurt before a fight. But the length to which she was “protected” may have done more harm than good. Not only were her sparring partners not allowed to hit Rousey in the face, but they faced a seven figure lawsuit if they spoke about training with her.
So, it’s like whenever the girls would go hard on her, whenever they’d come forward and start banging it out on her, they’d tell them, ‘Hey. Knock it off. Stop it. Don’t hit her so hard and then sign this waiver and say that you were never here and that you never punched her. Don’t ever talk about how well you did in training and stuff like that because you have to sign this dotted line or else we’ll sue you for a million dollars.’”
Julianna has also called Rousey a bully. What do you think? Maybe these two should be the next main event!