Felipe Pena planning MMA transition, unsure if rematch with Gordon Ryan will happen

Gordon Ryan pulled out of his rematch with Felipe Pena due to a bad bout of stomach flu. Pena competed against Nick Rodriguez instead and won. Subsequently he questioned the authenticity of Ryan’s pull out and suggested that he might have been afraid of losing.

Now it’s come out that the grappling match might never happen.

Felipe Pena had long made plans to transition to mixed martial arts following one final performance against Ryan, however things are up in the air right now.

Pena told Canal Encarada:

“I was already decided since the last match with Gordon. But then this soap opera is happening. And I was already decided I’m going to do this match now and then I’m going to MMA. But he didn’t show up now, again I don’t know how it will be if they will schedule this other match. It’s a match I want to do too and I’m already thinking about it”

“I’m already 31 years old so I can’t wait much longer.  So it’s something I’ve been thinking about because I’m always trying to go, these things happen and it ends up being a year so I’m thinking a lot about it. And I’m not trying to decide anything with a hot head. I’m waiting a few weeks to cool my head and see how this issue will unfold.”

Pena went on to reveal he’s likely going to train out of American Top Team where his friends Marcus Almeida Buchecha and Antonio Carlos Junior (‘Cara de Sapato’) train.

“I think because of the structure of the ATT. Because I have Buchecho, Sapato, who are great friends of mine. The guys there welcomed me very well. There is a lot of variety of training, all the training is done in the same place, so this is something that during the routine is something that helps a lot.”