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Shayna Baszler puts Julianna Pena on blast for playing the 'victim card'

Julianna Pena may be out two years
Julianna Pena may be out two years
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According to a Feb. 3 report from MMA Junkie, Sik-Jitsu Fighting Systems coach Rick Little says Julianna Pena's recent knee injury was nothing more than a tragic accident.

He denied it being anything related to horseplay or an assault, as UFC President Dana White hinted.

"The accident was plain and simple," Little said. "It was a training accident that happened with her normal 145lb training partner for years. There wasn’t any horseplay or assault. I guarantee the guy would be in the same condition as her if there was."

White saw things a bit differently.

"It’s the worst injury I’ve ever heard of, ever, in this sport, and you hear about those types of injuries in football," he said of Pena's situation. "Apparently, when she came into the gym -- and again, she was hysterical when I talked to her, crying -- she was training in her gym and one of her training partners, a guy, was saying to her, ‘oh, you’re wearing your Ultimate Fighter shirt, we’re real scared.’ He says that and was talking smack to her and then basically attacked her.

"He jumped on her back, started cranking her neck, and the way she fell her knee blew out. The most disgusting thing I’ve ever heard in my life. A year-and-a-half to two years she’ll be out, and I told her to leave that disgusting gym and go somewhere else with new coaches, new training partners, whatever. And that’s all I know."

After White's comments came out about Pena's version of the story, fellow TUF 18 contestant Shayna Baszler put Pena on blast for playing the victim card.

Baszler clearly sided with Little on the incident, as she explained that males train with females all the time. Since it's nothing new for males to roll with females in MMA gyms, Baszler thinks Pena set women's MMA back a decade.

"Playing the 'victim' card is the reason alot of guys wont train w/girls. Way 2 set WMMA training back 10yrs," Baszler tweeted.

Was Baszler right for calling out Pena, or should she have shown more sympathy? Let us know in the comments or tweet the author, @EricHolden.

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