Venezuelan UFC vixen ‘doesn’t need to strip to be a star’
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Julianna Pena insists she doesn’t need to strip to be a star.
Venezuelan Vixen is set to return to action at UFC 277 on July 30 with a title rematch against MMA superstar Amanda Nunes. Pena claimed the belt at UFC 269 in December 2021, when she sealed victory with a rear-naked choke in the second round of the co-main event.
It’s one of the most anticipated contests of the year, and Pena spoke about her approach to promotion and her own brand. A number of female fighters have turned to subscription sites such as OnlyFans to supplement their income amid demands for equal pay in the sport.
Jessica Andrade, Jessica Eye and Paige VanZant are among the stars who have created a page on the site where explicit content is sold. Pena, however, described her intentions to promote her own brand in a “classic” way without having to strip down.
She told Barstool Chicago’s RebuildEd Podcast via BJ Penn: “I think it’s (the physical insecurities) helped me in a way, because it’s easy to strip down and sell something on Instagram, and be this hot model, but I try to do it in an elegant way, where it’s like, I don’t have to take my clothes off for people to invest in what I do.
“So it’s almost like something has benefited me in another way as well, because I have a daughter and I want to set a good example for her. I don’t want her to, in years, being on Instagram and seeing his mother half-naked.
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“I’m not trying to hit anybody for doing this, you know, get your paper boo-boo, do what you gotta do. But for me, it puts me in a situation where I have to sell myself in a different way that isn’t about taking my clothes off and trying to be a person who sells sex.
Pena’s rematch with Nunes will take place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas and has the highest rating for UFC 277. Brandon Moreno will face Kai Kara France in an interim flyweight title clash, while Derrick Lewis will face Sergei Pavlovich.