Julianna Pena won season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter, but her post-TUF debut has been delayed after suffering a horrific knee injury during training. Pena suffered a torn ACL, MCL, LCL, meniscus and hamstring, which will keep her out of action for more than a year.
Pena was injured while grappling with a male training partner, but that man had yet to be named — until now.
Bantamweight Josh Gow has stepped up as the man who was grappling with Pena during the injury, and he has given his statement on the incident and denies any reports of foul play.
Gow said, via MMA Sucka:
“Julianna text me and asked me if I was at the gym and I told her ‘yeah.’ Then she came in, got ready to go and I asked her if she was ready — we just started rolling and it was our first round. We were about two minutes in to it, it was just submission wrestling, grappling, rolling or whatever you want to call it and I took back position off the wall — as we were falling away from the wall, with my hooks in she was supporting my weight as I was going for a RNC, her knee twisted in a weird way and we are where we are at today. It was all really terrible.”
“Not at all, I train with Jules on a very regular basis. We were just going in there, it was a submission grappling bout and there was nothing different. It was slow paced, it was the first round and it was a freak accident, that’s all it was. There’s really nobody that can explain it, it was just a freak accident at the gym.”
Gow added that it was “pretty horrible of the media to have set somebody out as an attacker and not to get all the facts before coming out with all this stuff.”
We may never know the full story of how everything exactly went down, but we have at least heard both sides of the story and can now make our own judgement.