Luis Pena

Violent Bob Ross

USA

Out
Injury Hand
Est. Return 1/1/2022
Released from UFC
LightweightOther
Out
October 12, 2021
Pena was released by the UFC Tuesday following his domestic violence arrest over the weekend, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Pena continues to get in trouble with the law, and this time it will cost him big. The 28-year-old was released from the UFC Tuesday and seems unlikely to have any path to returning.
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Arrested Saturday
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October 9, 2021
Pena (hand) was arrested Saturday on charges of domestic violence and battery, Simon Samano of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
This isn't Pena's first run in with the law. In fact, he was jailed just a few months ago for battery and criminal mischief. These continuing issues, combined with his lingering left hand injury, put his future with the UFC on shaky ground.
Out of jail on bond
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June 27, 2021
Pena (hand) was released from jail on bond Sunday, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
After his Friday arrest on charges of sudden snatching, battery and criminal mischief, Pena has been released for a bond of $8,000. The 27-year-old's future with the UFC remains unclear, and no determination is likely to be made until his legal troubles have reached a conclusion. Pena last fought in April at UFC Vegas 24, where he beat Alexander Munoz by a split decision. He received a medical suspension after the fight for a left hand injury, though there's been no news regarding how the recovery has progressed.
Facing police charges
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June 19, 2021
Pena (hand) was arrested Friday by the Coral Spring (Fla.) Police Department on charges of sudden snatching, battery and criminal mischief, Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The 27-year-old remains in jail after being arrested following an alleged incident involving his girlfriend. Pena most recently fought at UFC Vegas 24 in April, when he earned a split decision over Alexander Munoz. He received a medical suspension following the fight due to a left hand injury, but that's of lesser concern to his future with the UFC than his legal situation. The promotion will presumably look into the situation and potentially wait until the legal process plays out before determining Pena's status.
Tending to hand injury
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April 29, 2021
Pena has been suspended 180 days by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending medical clearance of a left hand injury, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Pena managed to take a split decision from Alex Munoz at UFC on ESPN 22 on April 17, but he didn't come away completely unscathed. While he landed a career-best 90 significant strikes in the matchup, it came at a cost. He could be sidelined until the fall unless cleared earlier by a physician.
Barely gets by Alex Munoz
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April 17, 2021
Pena defeated Alex Munoz via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
For those of you finally looking for a dominating performance from Pena, this wasn't it. In fact, there's a definite case to be made that Munoz deserved to win. Pena did a nice job of getting back on track after a lousy first round, but Munoz planted Pena on his back repeatedly despite the latter having a massive size advantage. Pena has trouble generating consistent offense despite the fact he stands 6-foot-3 and seemingly twice the size of every opponent he goes up against. He also doesn't have a ton of power, and his fight IQ isn't great. Pena's career record in the UFC is 5-3, but he hasn't exactly faced top-flight competition. "Violent Bob Ross" will turn 28 years of age this coming July and the breakout many expected appears to be dwindling by the day.