The first-ever female winner of TUF is crowned in spectacular fashion.
When it came time to decide the first female “Ultimate Fighter” winner, Julianna Pena showed she had listened to advice given to her during her time on the reality show, and did not want to leave it in the hands of the judges.
After charging across the cage and getting right in Jessica Rakoczy’s face, Pena took the fight to the mat, got full mount, and unleashed a barrage of punches and elbows that forced referee Mario Yamasaki to step in and stop the bout at 4:59 of the first round.
Rakoczy seemed overwhelmed by Pena’s efforts right from the start. Pena immediately looked to be the more aggressive fighter, and early takedowns spelled doom for Rakoczy, who was unable to dislodge Pena from full mount, leaving her with little in the way of an intelligent defense as Pena rained blows down from the top.
Pena (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) becomes the first woman to win the UFC’s long-running reality show. Rakoczy (1-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) drops the fourth bout of her young professional career in the loss.