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Dana White blames Julianna Pena's knee injury on her gym

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According to a Jan. 30 report from MMA Fighting, UFC President Dana White believes Julianna Pena's gym is to blame for the devastating knee injury she suffered this week.

Pena, 24, tore her ACL, MCL, LCL, meniscus and hamstring while grappling with a male training partner at a gym in Spokane, Wash., this week.

"Estoy fuera de mi pelea 15 de marzo en Dallas debido a una lesión. Voy a hacer una recuperación completa. Pido disculpas a mis fans.#UFC171," Pena tweeted.

Translated to English, Pena's tweet means she's out of her fight March 15 in Dallas due to injury, and that she'll make a full recovery. She apologizes to her fans.

White says Pena could be sidelined for two years, and he thinks her gym had a lot to do with the injuries she suffered.

"What happened to @VenezuelanVixen at 'her gym' is the most disgusting thing I have ever heard. Ranked #10 out for 2 years. #leavethatgymnow," White tweeted.

Sik-Jitsu fighting systems coach Rick Little, owner of the gym in question, fired back at White from his official Twitter page.

"@danawhite she has tore her other knee, broke her arm and her nose, some people only have one gear and break themselves. & she should be #2," he wrote.

With Pena sidelined, Raquel Pennington has stepped in to face Jessica Andrade at UFC 171.

Shayna Baszler and Sarah Kaufman both asked for the Andrade fight, but Pennington received the call instead.

UFC 171, which features a headlining bout pitting Johny Hendricks against Robbie Lawler for the UFC's vacant welterweight title, is set for March 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Here's a look at the updated UFC 171 fight card:

  • Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler
  • Carlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley
  • Diego Sanchez vs. Myles Jury
  • Hector Lombard vs. Jake Shields
  • Thiago Silva vs. Ovince St. Preux
  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Rick Story
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington
  • Dennis Bermudez vs. Jimy Hettes
  • Bubba McDaniel vs. Tor Troeng
  • Will Campuzano vs. Justin Scoggins
  • Alex Garcia vs. Sean Spencer
  • Renee Forte vs. Frank Trevino
  • Daniel Pineda vs. Robert Whiteford
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