Amanda Nunes bantamweight title loss to Julianna Pena was one of the biggest upsets in UFC history and according to Dana White it’s a sign that ‘The lioness’ simply isn’t as hungry to be the best as she once was now that she has a family and financial security.
“The question is for Amanda, and this is what happens to all fighters. You know the big narrative that we don’t pay anybody. Amanda’s rich. Amanda’s a multi-millionaire who is now at a completely different financial status. She has a baby now,” White said in an interview with ESPN last week
“Her life, she’s not that hungry savage she was when she started to take this run at becoming a world champion. A lot of that factors in.”
On the other hand, White thinks that heading into their rematch at UFC 277 on July 30th, Pena is just as hungry as ever as she tries to fight her way to the same level of success as Nunes has achieved over the years.
“Now, Julianna’s at a place where she beat her. Julianna’s starting to see a lot of the things that come along with being a world champion now. Financially, popularity as you get out in the world…
“That belt is the key that opens a lot of doors. I’m sure she wants to get to that Amanda Nunes level, financially and everything else.
“All that stuff factors into the fight.”