American fighter Julianna Pena is best known in the ring as “The Venezuelan Vixen.” She was the first woman to win The Ultimate Fighter, and she was also the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion before that.
She fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship right now in the bantamweight division. In 2008, she started taking a cardio kickboxing class and in 2009, she had her first fight as an amateur. Pea’s first fight was in the Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate Finale. She beat Jessica Rakoczy to become the first woman to win the Ultimate Fighter.
Pea has 11 wins and 5 losses in MMA so far. He has won 3 times by knockout, 5 times by submission, 3 times by decision, and 3 times by no contest. Pea recently fought and beat Amanda Nunes at UFC 269. This was the event where she made her biggest paycheck of $332,000. As of May 2022, she is ranked third in the UFC’s pound-for-pound list for women.
Early Life of Julianna Nicole
Julianna Nicole Pea was born in Spokane, Wash., on August 19, 1989. Pea and her three siblings grew up in Spokane. She is Grace Pea’s younger sister. Grace Pea used to be a meteorologist and reporter for KREM 2.
She went to Spokane Community College after she got her diploma from Mt. Spokane High School in 2007. She took a cardio kickboxing class to lose weight and control her anger, then switched to mixed martial arts later on.
Personal Life of Julianna Nicole
Peña is married to Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert Luis Alejandre. He has helped the US army and police with tactical hand-to-hand guidance in the past. He owns and runs the Stronghold Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Chicago, Illinois, where he is also the head instructor. Isabella Alejandre is their daughter together.
After an argument with the bar staff, Pea was arrested in Spokane, Washington, in 2015 and charged with two counts of assault. The judge then gave her a stipulation order of continuance, which said that the case would be dropped if Pea didn’t get into any more trouble for a year.
Net Worth of Julianna Nicole
Julianna Pena’s estimated net worth in 2022 is $2 million. Most of her money comes from her UFC fights and deals to promote brands. She is one of the best women’s MMA fighters and has made almost $799,500 from her fights.
MMA Career of Julianna Nicole
In 2009, Pea made her first professional MMA fight. At the time, she had a record of 2-0 as an amateur. On the other hand, she has won all four fights she has had as a professional. In a 140-pound catchweight match, she lost to Sarah Moras, who will fight her again in The Ultimate Fighter 18. She had to miss ten months of competition because of a terrible event.
Pea was picked to be in the Ultimate Fighter competition in 2013. There, she went up against Gina Mazany and won by a unanimous vote. She got hurt badly, which is a shame because it caused her to lose the match with Saray Moras.
In 2013, she won her first professional fight in UFC against Jessica Rakoczy by TKO. The next year, she hurt her right knee again, which kept her out of the ring for the rest of the season.
After Amanda Nunes tested positive for Covid-19, the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship fight between Pea and Nunes had to be put off. In the second round of the next fight, Pea choked his opponent from behind, which gave him the win. Many UFC fans still think of it as one of the biggest surprises in the sport’s history.
Pea lost to Amanda Nunes in the rematch for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title on July 30, 2022, at UFC 277. The decision was made by a unanimous vote.
Career Salary of Julianna Nicole
She is the only fighter since 2010 to have won a fight against Amanda Nunes. She won a total of $332,000 when she fought Nunes at UFC 269, which included her regular pay of $125,000, a victory bonus of $125,000, a Performance of the Night bonus of $50,000, and fight week incentive pay of $32,000.
At UFC 257 in 2021, Pea beat Sara McMann by submission in the third round. This earned her $95,000. Pea made $16,000 for her first UFC fight, which was at UFC Fight Night: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate. This was after she won the women’s bantamweight division of The Ultimate Fighter 18.
Endorsement Deals of Julianna Nicole
Pea got a few lucrative endorsement deals because of how well she did in MMA. She recently signed a sponsorship deal with Jones Soda. She has also teamed up with Simply Better Brands to promote the “No B.S. skincare” line and has her own cage-side NFT pass, which is part of the NFT craze.
Other Work of Julianna Nicole
Along with Max Bretos, Pea is an announcer for the English-language broadcast of Combate Americas on DAZN. He was also in Fight Life, a mixed martial arts film that won an award in 2013.
It was said in 2022 that Pea and Nunes would be the coaches for The Ultimate Fighter 30 on ESPN+, which would feature heavyweight and women’s flyweight contestants.
Julianna Nicole Pea was born in Spokane, Wash., on August 19, 1989. In 2009, she made her first professional MMA fight against Gina Mazany. As of May 2022, she is ranked third in the UFC’s pound-for-pound list for women. After Amanda Nunes tested positive for Covid-19, the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship fight between Pea and Nunes had to be put off. In the second round of the next fight, Pea choked his opponent from behind.