Q&A: Peña Reflects After a Long Journey to Become Champ

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Sports Illustrated

By Jon Wertheim Ahead of Saturday’s rematch at UFC 277, the bantamweight title-holder shares how life has changed since December’s shocking win. View the original article to see embedded media. The damn T-shirt didn’t even fit. It was a triple-XL, designed for a man the size of Fedor Emelianenko, not a woman of 120 pounds or so. Julianna Peña had taken the fight—what might pass for a pro debut—knowing she wasn’t getting paid in actual currency. But the ill-fitting shirt the promoter tossed her as compensation for her efforts added insult to whatever minor injury she suffered. This was in 2009 …

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