Morning Report: Dana White disgusted with Julianna Pena's gym after TUF champ suffers catastrophic knee injury

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Following news of Julianna Pena's catastrophic knee injury Wednesday, UFC president Dana White believes the Ultimate Fighter season winner could be sidelined as long as two years.

As reported by Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight, Pena suffered a torn ACL, MCL, LCL, meniscus and hamstring while grappling with a male training partner. White, who seems to be placing blame squarely on the gym, is having Pena flown from her home in Spokane, Washington to Los Angeles to meet with surgeons. She's expected to undergo surgery next week, beginning a lengthy rehabilitation shortly thereafter. Pena confirmed the injury via Twitter Wednesday evening.

Translated via Google. (I'm out of my fight March 15 in Dallas due to injury. I'll make a full recovery. I apologize to my fans. # UFC171)

Rick Little, owner of Sik-Jitsu fighting systems and the gym in question, responded to White's comments in an effort to push blame elsewhere.

The gym is also home to former TUF winner Michael Chiesa and UFC featherweight Sam Sicilia.

Although Shayna Baszler and Sarah Kaufman both petitioned to replace Pena, Raquel Pennington will now face Jessica Andrade at UFC 171 in Dallas, TX on Mar. 15.

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Get well, Pena.

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We still have weeks to go.

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Nice fight.

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Good one.

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Recreational.

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Fighting Pat Barry?

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Why, indeed.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Jan. 29 2014)

Bryan Caraway out, Aljamain Sterling vs. Lucas Martins at UFC 170

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Julianna Pena out, Jessica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington at UFC 171

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via SecondhandMMA.

Jose Aldo: Hardcore Mode

Jose Aldo is one win away from having 14 straight victories while fighting inside the UFC/WEC octagons. He's the reigning UFC 145lb champ, got nine knockouts to his credit throughout that time, has defeated three former champions and a future TUF winner, and a slew of elite featherweights as well. The man's bonafides are as solid as they come.

With all of that said, should Aldo beat Ricardo Lamas on Saturday (or whichever day the Super Bowl decides the card should be held), his leap up lightweight to challenge the injured champion Anthony Pettis will be seemingly unobstructed. UFC president Dana White has endorsed it several times, and is ready for the super fight to happen. So are legions of fans. Hardcore fans who will finagle some cash from their friends to purchase the pay-per-view at a viewing party. While the fight is super attractive, it is only because of the sum of their parts, not the two fighters separately.

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