Julianna Pena: Rousey ‘doesn’t know how to lose gracefully’
Wednesday night Raquel Pennington beat Jessamyn Duke by unanimous decision in a fight that was great for the sport, great for WMMA, and great for Team Tate, which now pulls ahead 3-2. Coach Ronda Rousey was not happy, and rather than offering rival coach Miesha Tate a congratulatory handshake, she flipped her off.
In an interview with MMAFighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti, Team Tate’s No. 1 pick, Julianna Pena, expresses her thoughts.
Shaun Al-Shatti: I’m curious, who did you score it for?
Julianna Pena: I thought it went to Raquel. For the most part the fight was pretty dang even. I actually like how Jessamyn finished strong, but the only reason why I give the advantage to Raquel is because of damage. Raquel had a pretty nasty cut on her eyebrow, but otherwise she barely had a scratch on her. And Jessamyn looks like she got beat with a bat in the face. She looked f—ed up.
SAS: At the end of the episode, Ronda Rousey flipped the bird when Miesha Tate tried to shake her hand? Did everyone see that or was that just for the cameras?
JP: I think that was just the cameras. I didn’t see that. But I had known that Ronda was saying things to her, Ronda being like, ‘You smiling at my girl’s pain is another reason why I’m gonna f—ing destroy you.’ Like, I saw that, so I’d known that she was running her mouth and constantly saying stuff. But I didn’t know she’d flipped her off.
SAS: What are your thoughts on that?
Pena: You know, what do you say to somebody who’s like that? I like her spirit, I like her attitude. They don’t like to lose. Nobody likes to lose. That’s cool that she’s very ‘about’ her team. On the flip side, I feel like it’s classless to act so — what’s the word? — like, with such big bravado. The girl is like, ‘I’m the f—ing s—, so I can’t lose.’ She doesn’t know how to lose gracefully, and that’s okay because she’s the champion and there’s a reason for that. I like her style. However, I don’t think it would’ve killed her to be a little more professional.