Welcome to Frank Pozen's Big Bad Blog. A lot of folks have been asking me to update them about my recovery. So I thought I would start a blog primarily to do that but also to talk about other topics of interest including the wrestling business and whatever else I can think of. I plan to update this on a regular basis so check back and leave a comment if you wish.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Julianna Pena replaced by Raquel Pennington at UFC 171
Last night the UFC announced that Julianna Pena suffered a serious knee injury and will be replaced by Raquel Pennington vs Jessica Andrade at UFC 17 Mar. 15 in Dallas. Today it has become apparent that this injury was the result of an assault. At first it was thought that Julianna was overtraining and her coach was guilty of not pacing her properly. This is a common problem in MMA. But UFC president Dana White said at today's UFC 169 media scrum in New York Julianna was assaulted by a male fighter who was also training at the gym. It seems she wore her The Ultimate Fighter shirt and he started berating her. Then he jumped on her back. and that's when she blew out her knee and her hamstring. Who knows if she will ever return from that? White thinks she'll be out for two years. Female fighters train with guys all the time. I don't recall anything like this ever happening. If true, this guy should be charged with assault and she should sue him and the gym. That kind of behaviour is ridiculous. EDIT: fighter Sam Sicilia has confirmed the coach's version of the story. Either way, it's the coach's responsibility to keep her healthy so it's his fault. Raquel Pennington beat Roxanne Modafferi on the TUF finale. I've seen some of her other fights and I think she's inconsistent. I think Jessica will be a good test for her as Jessica is very aggressive and likes to finish. This fight will be on the prelims.