After taking home the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship trophy in Las Vegas on Saturday, December 11, fighter Julianna Peña noticed that the Baywatch actor, 34, was watching her intensely as she entered the ring.
“Find you a man that looks at you the way @ZacEfron looked at me last night,” the Washington-born athlete, 32, tweeted on Sunday, December 12, alongside a photo of the former Disney star seemingly admiring her form as she stepped up to the mat. In the picture, the Neighbors star, dressed in a black T-shirt and cap, sat with his arms crossed as he waited for the event to begin.
Whether or not he was actually looking at Peña, Efron got to see a history-making fight. The MMA fighter defeated Amanda Nunes to become the new women’s bantamweight champion. Nunes, 33, had been the reigning bantamweight champion for three years. (She is still the reigning featherweight champion.)
“Everybody was sleeping on me, and I shook up the world and did exactly what I said I was going to do,” Peña told the Associated Press after the match. “But I’m not surprised. I have a big heart and determination.”
Efron wasn’t the only famous person in the crowd to watch the Peña take the bantamweight title. Halle Berry, Jared Leto and Tommy Lee also attended the bout alongside Selling Sunset stars Mary Fitzgerald, Amanza Smith and Heather Rae Young.
After the event, Young’s husband, Tarek El Moussa, shared a photo of the Selling Sunset crew posing with Efron and UFC announcer Bruce Buffer. “I’m the biggest @UFC fan, always have been,” the Flip or Flop star, 40, wrote via Instagram on Monday, December 13. “We had the best night.”
Though some fans pointed to the photo as possible evidence that Smith, 45, is dating the High School Musical alum, TMZ reported that Efron posed with the group because they all happened to be at the same dinner.
Though the Down to Earth With Zac Efron star is not an athlete himself, this isn’t the first time he’s turned heads with sports pros. Back in 2016, he flew to Brazil to meet Simone Biles, who at the time had a life-size cutout of the actor in her bedroom.
The California native surprised the gymnast after she won gold alongside Team USA at the Rio Olympics. “If you bring him out, I think I’m gonna pass out,” Biles, now 24, said during an August 2016 appearance on the Today show.
After her No. 1 crush appeared to give her a hug, the gymnastics superstar asked, “Is this real life?”
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