After giving a brave effort but suffering a crushing defeat to Amanda Nunes in their main event match at UFC 277 in Dallas, Texas, UFC president Dana White has announced that Julianna Pena needs to take some time off to recover and spend time with her kid.
Julianna Pena was taken directly to a hospital in Dallas following the bout, and White said in his post-event news conference that she had sustained some nasty injuries as a result:
Julianna Pena suffered nasty injuries in loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 277
“Julianna’s got a big chunk missing from her forehead,” said White. “She’s going to see a plastic surgeon right now…[she’ll need to] take some time to heal, and then I don’t know. She got pretty banged up tonight – it was like five or six knockdowns in the first two rounds…she needs to take some time off…spend some time with her daughter and then we’ll go from there.”
“I thought it was completely dominant,” White said. “There were five knockdowns in the first two rounds. There’s a big difference between submission attempts and knockdowns. They’re not even comparable. Julianna’s tough as nails and her will to win is second-to-none. She wanted to win. I think as dominant as Amanda was – and she was dominant tonight – I didn’t think it was close in any way, shape or form. It was a complete shutout.”