UFC News: Julianna Pena has a theory on why Amanda Nunes left America’s Top Team

Julianna Pena recently shared her thoughts on what could have made Amanda Nunes leave American Top Team (ATT).

“The Venezuelan Vixen” speculated during a media scrum that Nunes’ departure from ATT was due to trust issues. She also mentioned friends-turned-opponents Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington, implying that the ATT fighters had a complicated relationship that could sometimes lead to awkwardness in the gym.

Pena also mentioned how Kayla Harrison expressed her desire to fight Nunes despite being his ATT teammate. The bantamweight champion thinks that may have persuaded Nunes to quit the gym. ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ said:

“I don’t know exactly what happened, but I feel like that’s definitely part of why she wants to leave, especially with, you know, people saying, ‘You know, Kayla Harrison is the captain of the team, what do you think of this?’ … ‘Now Kayla Harrison used to be my sparring partner, but now Kayla Harrison wants to fight me for a million dollar mega fight…’ Who’s really your friend here? this gym.”

Watch Julianna Pena’s full media scrum below:


Jorge Masvidal reacts to Amanda Nunes leaving American Top Team

The loss of Amanda Nunes, according to Jorge Masvidal, was a major setback for ATT. In a recent appearance on MMA hourMasvidal praised Nunes’ accomplishments during his time with the Coconut Creek-based team and wished him well in the future.

Sharing his thoughts on “The Lioness,” Masvidal said:

“To see his progress is amazing. To see his progress under American Top Team, my same gym, [it’s] like, wow! I never worked with her or fought or anything, but to some extent the journey she had was like shared with me. It really hurts not having him there, I think. But man, I still wish him the best. She gon’ do her own thing… Obviously it hurts and obviously I want her [to stay] to American Top Team and I think we all love it, we all love it. So it’s like a… it’s a devastating blow.”

Watch ‘Gamebred’ opine on Amanda Nunes’ departure below:


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