Ultimate Fighter 18 Winner Julianna Pena Suffers Horrific Knee Injury, Could Be Out For Two Years

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Julianna Pena was the most recent winner of The Ultimate Fighter winning the 18th season defeating Jessica Rakoczy in the finale. Pena was scheduled to have her first fight since winning the show against Jessica Andrade at UFC 171. The fight will no longer be taking place as Pena tore her ACL, MCL, LCL, Meniscus and hamstring while in a training session at Sik-Jitsu Fighting Systems in Spokane, Washington.

UFC President Dana White stated on Twitter that Pena could be out for up to two years.

An opponent has been found to fight Andrade as fellow TUF 18 alum Raquel Pennington stepped up and took the fight.

UFC 171 takes place on Saturday, March 15th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main event for the show features Johny Hendricks battling Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight championship.

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Steve Muehlhausen

Steven was a Featured UFC Columnist for Bleacher Report and a writer for MMASucka.com. Steven was also the host of the MMA show: The Fight Club Chicago, which aired for three years at various websites. You can email Steve at stevemuehlhausen@yahoo.com.


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