The horrific knee injury that was suffered by The Ultimate Fighter season 18 winner Julianna Pena has been a hot topic in the mixed marital arts world. UFC president Dana White raised eyebrows when he suggested Pena should leave her team — Sikjitsu Fighting Systems in Spokane, Washington — because of an attack that led to the injury.
Since White’s comments, some of Pena’s teammates have been speaking out to give their side of the story.
Here is Chiesa’s statement:
Pena was never “attacked” by some guy. She was training with a 135er that she trains with on a regular basis. He wasn’t talking shit to her for wearing a TUF shirt, and if he was, it was light-hearted gym humor. They were rolling and he went for a move that he’s hit on her a thousand times before and it just happened. Nobody is to blame, it was a training accident. Just like Dominick Cruz. Everyone knows how hard she is to train with cause she’s so damn tough. She only has one female partner that can somewhat challenge her. Even on the show, she was training with guys on her team and, correct me if I’m wrong, they made a point to say how tough she is. She’s Cyborg-esque, I guess you could say, minus the PEDs.
Were a very close knit team here in Spokane, she was training with someone that she’s gone all the way to Canada to corner. She’s held this guy’s child, they are very close. This guy wasn’t some attacker or whatever the hell she said. This whole thing is tearing our team apart.
While we may never know the full story on how the injury occurred, it is safe to say that Pena will have a difficult decision to make when she is healthy enough to return.
If we were betting, we’d guess she finds a new gym.