Peña (11-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) lost her women’s bantamweight title to UFC 277. In a flurry of performance, the 32-year-old fought hard but was ultimately dominated by Nunes in their highly anticipated rematch which headlined the pay-per-view in Dallas. In the process, Peña was badly cut in the forehead and bled non-stop throughout the fight.
After the event, Peña was taken straight to the hospital rather than addressing the media backstage at the American Airlines Center. UFC President Dana White said the reason was that Peña was rushed to hospital due to the damage she sustained and was missing a “large piece” of his forehead.
Peña took to Instagram on Sunday to provide an update on her health.
“Tougher than a two dollar steak,” Pena wrote:. “Thanks for the love everyone! Just a cat scratch that needed a few stitches, no missing pieces, no surgery needed. Love you all! We’re 1-1 now #peopleschamp #trilogy #penavsnunes3 #lfg .”
Nunes and Peña first met at UFC 269 in December, when Peña scored one of the the biggest upsets in promotional history submitting Nunes with a rear naked choke in round two.
With the win, Nunes avenged her loss and regained her two-division champion status. Besides the loss to Peña in their first meeting, Nunes hadn’t lost since September 2014 and is 13-1 in his last 14 appearances.
Meanwhile, for Peña, the loss is her first since Germaine de Randamie in October 2020. She is 3-3 in her last six fights.