The first ever “Ultimate Fighter” female winner, Julianna Pena, was arrested early Sunday morning on two charges of assault. The incident occurred outside a bar in downtown Spokane, Washington.
According to reports Pena and teammate Josh Gow were trying to enter a bar named Zola’s after a street fight. When the two were denied entry into the bar Pena is said to have assaulted one employee and the owner of the bar. Pena was the only person arrested that was involved in the incident.
Witnesses had stated that Gow’s face was bloody from the street fight and that he and Pena wanted entry into the bar to use the bathroom to clean him up. As the bar was already closed the two were denied entry by an employee. Reports stated that Pena became irate after being told they could not enter and kicked the employee in the groin. The bar’s owner was also outside during this time and according to witnesses Pena kicked him in the groin twice.
After Pena had kicked both men, her and Gow tried to enter the bar once again but were locked out. Gow then proceeded to rub his bloodied face on the front window of the bar.
The street fight that Gow took part in occurred outside a nearby establishment called Globe Bar and Kitchen. The fight is said to have had involved 20 people.
Pena was arrested at 2:20 a.m. Sunday morning and booked into Spokane County Jail. She was released on Sunday afternoon at 2:20 p.m after posting $2,000 bail. Pena is due in Spokane Municipal Court on Dec. 30 at 1:30 p.m., according to a court official.
Pena has a professional record of 7-2 and has been with the UFC since 2013. She became the first female to win the “Ultimate Figther” after winning the season 18 tournament. She is currently ranked number 5 in the UFC’s bantamweight division. Pena last competed in October where she defeated Jessica Eye via a unanimous decision at UFC 192.
Pena now faces up to a $5,000 fine and the UFC has stated that it is gathering more information before they comment officially on the incident.