The first bout between these two ended in a shocker, as Peña defeated Nunes in the second round via submission. Peña closed as a +650 betting underdog for the first fight against Nunes, which was the fourth-largest upset in a title fight in UFC history according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Nunes, who still holds the UFC featherweight title, had one thing on her mind entering the match Saturday.
"We're here, and Saturday I'm going to be 100 percent, and I'm going to beat her. Saturday is my opportunity to get my belt back. I'm going to be the double champion again Saturday," Nunes said during the prefight news conference Thursday.
The rematch was an entertaining affair between two champions with Nunes emerging victorious via unanimous decision. It is her 15th win in her UFC career, breaking a tie with Jessica Andrade for the most by a woman in league history. Nunes also becomes the first fighter to regain the women's bantamweight championship.
During the postfight interview, she shouted out Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin. She also enjoyed a well-deserved beer after the match.
Julianna Peña is tough as nails! #ufc277— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) July 31, 2022
Amazing fight ladies #ufc277— Ed Reed (@TwentyER) July 31, 2022
Looks like Amanda decide to fully copy my stand up game 🤔— Valentina Shevchenko (@BulletValentina) July 31, 2022
Great fight both ladies! 💪🏻 #UFC277
We need a trilogy— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) July 31, 2022
That's what champions do...Nunes 💪🏾#UFC277— Charles Woodson (@CharlesWoodson) July 31, 2022
Part 3 for sure!!— Jamahal Hill (@JamahalH) July 31, 2022
Trilogy for sure— LERONE MURPHY (@LeroneMurphy) July 31, 2022