Morning Report: Julianna Pena sheds light on gruesome training incident

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Since tearing her ACL, MCL, LCL and meniscus during a training incident in February, TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena has been relatively reserved on the details of how the injury occurred. With UFC president Dana White labeling the episode as an assault and training partner Michael Chiesa calling it an overblown gym accident, Pena is trying to set the record straight.

Speaking with The Jason Ellis Show (via MMA Mania) Pena's current explanation seems quite a bit closer to Chiesa's than White's.

"I don't think I accidentally explained it incorrectly to [Dana White] -- I think I explained it 110 percent exactly how the story went.... What happened was, I wasn't even wearing an Ultimate Fighter shirt ... because the kid told me he thought it was an Ultimate Fighter rash guard. But, here's the thing, it's a gray rash guard, okay? It had a little UFC emblem on it. I was wearing that, I was late. So, when I got there, he was like ‘hurry up, let's go.' So, I get on the mat, I hit the clock, and he says, ‘Oh, you're wearing your Ultimate Fighter rash guard. I was like, what's that supposed to mean? ‘That you're really tough, I'm really scared.' I'm like, whatever, and we slapped hands, and a minute later, my knee was tore out."

According to White, Pena's original version of the injury was jarring enough for him to publicly slam her gym on Twitter, pleading with the prospect to immediately leave Sik-Jitsu Fighting Systems in Spokane, Wash.

"Normally, in the gym, when there's tons of people we start on our knees, you know there's not enough room," said Pena. "But, in this instance, it was just me and him on the mat. No one was there, and we slapped hands, and we started going, but right when we started going, it was like ‘Urghh!' fighting for your life, just cock strong, you know, both of us, and I was like, ‘you're not taking me down, bro.' And he wasn't, so, he was trying to take me down as much as he could. So, I had my shoulder blades up against the back wall, and he's trying to rear-naked choke me from the side of my body. It's not even close, and it pissed me off, and I'm like, be technical. Don't try to cock strong, you know? I was turning into him, and he was trying to drag me to the ground and rear-naked choke me at the same time, just trying to use all of his weight to try to drop me to the ground. So, when I turned into it, it was just the amount of force -- it just blew."

Pena underwent a successful surgery to repair the knee in February. Although she's expected to make a full recovery, she's likely to remain sidelined through 2015.

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One mans take on MMAs scoring system

Hypothetically

its late in the 3rd round. Its a close fight with each fighter winning 1 round a piece and could be anybody's fight should they do something significant. Its a even 3rd round until Fighter A completes a takedown with ten seconds left and fighter B rises back to his feet right before the bell sounds the end of the round and the end of the fight. Its off to the judges score cards and all three judges score the fight 29-28 for Fighter A.

As soon as the scorecards were read and the winner was announced (maybe even before that) most fight fans would assume it was because of the takedown late in round 3 that won him the fight and in most cases they would be correct. But why? Was that takedown damaging? Did he do anything with the takedown besides ride out the round?

Here's my dilemma. If Fighter A takes down Fighter B he earns himself points towards winning the round even if he does nothing with it (improve his position, look for submissions or try and inflict damage) and if Fighter B stands up a couple seconds after the takedown and or was completed shouldn't he get just as much credit for it as the takedown?

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