Much of the MMA community has been talking (and speculating) on the horrific injury suffered by Julianna Pena. Now, one of her training partners, Michael Chiesa, has come out to give his version of events.
Chiesa sat down with MMAFighting.com and gave this statement:
“Pena was never “attacked” by some guy. She was training with a 135er that she trains with on a regular basis. He wasn’t talking shit to her for wearing a TUF shirt, and if he was, it was light-hearted gym humor. They were rolling and he went for a move that he’s hit on her a thousand times before and it just happened. Nobody is to blame, it was a training accident. Just like Dominick Cruz. Everyone knows how hard she is to train with cause she’s so damn tough. She only has one female partner that can somewhat challenge her. Even on the show, she was training with guys on her team and, correct me if I’m wrong, they made a point to say how tough she is. She’s Cyborg-esque, I guess you could say, minus the PEDs.
Were a very close knit team here in Spokane, she was training with someone that she’s gone all the way to Canada to corner. She’s held this guy’s child, they are very close. This guy wasn’t some attacker or whatever the hell she said. This whole thing is tearing our team apart.”
Michael Chiesa is giving a very different version of events than UFC president Dana White. In White’s version Pena was attacked by a male and that is what caused the injury. He even publicly called for Pena to leave the gym and train elsewhere.
Michael Chiesa says he was there, Dana White was not. Who do you believe?