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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 29: Julianna Pena (top) punches Gina Mazany in their elimination fight during filming of season eighteen of The Ultimate Fighter on May 29, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Powers/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TRAINING: Tons of live brawling.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started a cardio kickboxing class at the end of October of 08 and took my first ammy fight in April of 09. When I found MMA I realized it was the outlet I needed and was looking for.
What ranks and titles have you held? Excite Fight Champion
Do you have any heroes? In MMA, Fedor, Nick Diaz, Hendo, and Hughes
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means the world to me to be fighting in the UFC. This is as high as it gets, it doesn't get any higher, and I’ve made it. It’s a great accomplishment for myself.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I did go to community college. I was earning my pre reqs and have not finished yet.
What was your job before you started fighting? Waitress and I still am.
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I'm proud that I fought shortly after a car accident that broke my nose and still took the fight. I also had my arm broke in that fight and didn't quit.
If any, list ranks in any martial arts styles: I'm an assistant instructor at SikJitsu
Favorite grappling technique: Omoplata
Favorite striking technique: Jab