Julianna Pena, the first-ever female winner of The Ultimate Fighter, has undergone successful knee surgery.
Pena was injured recently during a training session, suffering a torn ACL, MCL, LCL and meniscus. She was slated to face Jessica Andrade in March.
Pena became the winner of TUF when he finished Jessica Rakoczy via TKO in the first round of their November encounter. She is 5-2 in her career.
“Surgery was a success! I was freaking out the whole time thinking I wasn’t going to wake up for provoking death so much, but I’m alive!” she posted on Facebook. “I want to give a special thanks to the doctors that operated on me, particularly Dr. Kvitney, here in LA. Dana (White) put me in the best hands for surgery; they’re confident I will make a full recovery in due time.
:I would to send out a huge Thank you to Dana White and the UFC for making this successful surgery a possibility. And THANK YOU to everyone who has sent me prayers and well wishes. Your guys support is so meaningful and beautiful to me.
“No kidding it’s the reason why I keep moving forward w my fighting career. I fight for me, but I also fight for you guys too! I want to be remembered as a skilled fighter and without my family and fans, (my friends), that wouldn’t be possible. So THANK YOU everyone who has been supporting me through this difficult time. It’s humbling and I truly appreciate it! !”
Pena is expected to miss at least the remainder of 2014 as she recovers from the injury.