Julianna Pena is an American professional martial artist who has a net worth of $2 million. Peña is mostly known as “The Venezuelan Vixen” in the ring and is the first female winner of The Ultimate Fighter as well as the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.
She presently competes in the bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She started training in a cardio kickboxing class in 2008 and competed in her first amateur fight in 2009. Peña debuted in the Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate Finale, where she became the first woman to win the Ultimate Fighter after defeating Jessica Rakoczy.
Peña’s MMA record currently stands at 11 wins including 3 by knockout, 5 by submission, 3 by decision, and 5 defeats. Peña recently battled and defeated Amanda Nunes at UFC 269 in which her biggest paycheck of $332,000 came in. She is ranked third in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings as of May 2022.
Julianna Pena Net Worth
|Net Worth||$2 Million|
|Income (Annual)||$500 Thousand Per Year|
Kelis Net Worth Growth
|Net Worth in 2022||$2 Million|
|Net Worth in 2021||$1.8 Million|
|Net Worth in 2020||$1.5 Million|
|Net Worth in 2019||$1.2 Million|
|Net Worth in 2018||$1 Million|
Julianna Nicole Peña was born on August 19th, 1989 in Spokane, Washington. Peña was raised in Spokane along with her three siblings. She is the younger sister of Grace Peña, a former KREM 2 reporter and meteorologist.
After graduating from Mt. Spokane High School in 2007, she continued her education at Spokane Community College. She joined a cardio kickboxing class to lose weight and manage her aggression, then eventually switched to mixed martial arts.
She is the only fighter to have defeated Amanda Nunes since 2010. She earned her biggest payout of $332,000 at UFC 269 against Nunes (with her $125,000 regular paycheck, $125,000 victory bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, and $32,000 fight week incentive pay).
Peña received $95,000 after her third-round submission victory over Sara McMann
McMann at UFC 257 in 2021. Peña earned $16,000 for her first UFC fight, at UFC Fight Night: Team Rousey versus Team Tate, after winning the Ultimate Fighter 18 women’s bantamweight competition.
Professional MMA Career
Peña made her professional MMA debut in 2009. At the time, she had a 2-0 amateur record. On the other hand, she won all four of her professional fights. She was defeated by a future opponent Sarah Moras The Ultimate Fighter 18 cast member in a 140-pound catchweight match. She experienced a tragic event that forced her to miss ten months of competition.
In 2013, Peña was chosen for the Ultimate Fighter competition. There, she competed against Gina Mazany and won the match by unanimous decision. She suffered a serious injury, which regrettably caused her to lose the match with Saray Moras.
She made her professional debut in UFC in 2013 in which she defeated Jessica Rakoczy by TKO. Her right knee was injured again the following year, keeping her out of the ring for the remainder of the campaign.
After Amanda Nunes tested positive for Covid-19, the fight between Peña and Nunes for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship was postponed. Peña won the next scheduled fight by rear-naked choking the opponent in the second round. It is still regarded by many fans as one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.
Peña lost the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title rematch vs Amanda Nunes which took place on July 30, 2022, at UFC 277 by a unanimous decision.
Peña secured a few lucrative endorsement deals as a result of her successful MMA career. She recently secured a sponsorship deal with Jones Soda. She has also teamed up with Simply Better Brands corporations to advertise the “No B.S skincare” line and has joined the NFT trend with her own cage side NFT pass.
Outside of MMA, Peña is an announcer for Combate Americas’ English language broadcast on DAZN, along with Max Bretos, and was featured in Fight Life, an award-winning mixed martial arts documentary in 2013.
In 2022, It was reported that Peña and Nunes would be the coaches for The Ultimate Fighter 30 on ESPN+, which would include heavyweight and women’s flyweight contestants.
Peña is married to Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert Luis Alejandre. He has facilitated tactical hand-to-hand guidance to the US army and police departments in the past. Currently, he is the owner and head instructor of the Stronghold Jiu-jitsu Academy in Chicago, Illinois. They have a daughter together, Isabella Alejandre.
Peña was arrested in Spokane, Washington in 2015 and charged with two counts of assault after an argument with the bar staff. A judge then granted a stipulation order of continuance in her case, stating that if Peña had no further incidents for a year, the matter would be dismissed.
Julianna Pena Net Worth
As of 2022, Julianna Pena’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $2 million. Most of her wealth comes from her UFC fighting career and brand endorsement deals. She is one of the major competitors in women’s MMA earned almost $799,500 in her MMA fighting career.