“Me and Miesha have discussed fighting each other. We said the only way we would fight each other is if her or I had the belt. Now that she has the belt and I get my hand raised be it July 9, I will ask for a title shot. I only think that that’s right. I’m sure she will accept, be it that she wins, which I’m sure she will. I beat everybody that they put in front of me, from all those girls on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ to everybody they’ve put in front of me since. No one else has been on that big of a win streak besides Ronda [Rousey] and I think that I definitely have earned getting a title shot.”
-In an interview on Fox Sports 1’s “TUF Talk,” TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena talks about her title aspirations and a willingness to fight friend, teammate, and TUF coach Miesha Tate (via FoxSports.com).
Penick’s Analysis: If Pena beats Zingano at UFC 200 there’s a very real case for her as one of a handful of options for the next title fight. She’s behind Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey, but she’s in the mix depending on the availability of those two fighters. Now, she may still be a fight or two away even in a win, but it’s good for her and Tate to have discussed the possibility ahead of time, because it could very well come together.
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