“The Ultimate Fighter” has given a boost to the careers of many fighters over the years and UFC women’s bantamweight champion Julianna Pena is a shining example. The world was introduced to Peña (11-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) on season 18 of the long-running reality series, which was coached by two women who were a part of one of the most heated rivalries in women’s MMA history, former UFC bantamweight champions Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate . That season was the first time women fighters competed on the show for a UFC contract, and when it was all said and done, Peña emerged as the champion. Fast-forward eight years later, Peña is now the women’s bantamweight champion – the eighth “TUF” champion to go on to claim UFC gold.

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Julianna Peña excited to check off ‘bucket list’ item as ‘TUF’ coach while preparing for Amanda Nunes rematch – MMA Junkie

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