Luis Pena
Violent Bob Ross

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Drops close one to Matt Frevola
LightweightUFC
October 12, 2019
Pena lost to Matt Frevola via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
ANALYSIS
Pena stormed out of the cage after the decision was announced by Joe Martinez. It was Round 1 that decided the fight, as Round 2 pretty clearly went to Pena and Round 3 to Frevola. Pena popped Frevola to the head consistently throughout the course of the bout, but he had trouble defending leg strikes and he allowed Frevola to score on 4-of-7 takedown attempts. It was a fight that could have gone either way, but Pena allowed Frevola to control the final frame and that was the last image the judge's saw before they submitted their scorecards. Pena is now 2-2 in the UFC, although both setbacks have come via split decision.
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Added to UFC Tampa
LightweightUFC
August 27, 2019
Pena (7-1-0) is scheduled to take on Matt Frevola (7-1-1) in a lightweight fight Oct. 12 at UFC Tampa, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Pena, an alum of The Ultimate Fighter 27, sports a 3-1-0 record since joining the promotion. He'll return to the Octagon in October riding a two-fight winning streak after suffering his first career loss to Mike Trizano late in 2017.
Dismantles opponent in LW return
LightweightUFC
June 22, 2019
Luis Pena defeated Matt Wiman via TKO (punches) at 1:14 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 154 in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Pena did exactly what he was supposed to do against a guy who hadn't fought since 2014, as he was able to cut him up with elbows in the first round and stay a step ahead in every grappling exchange before eventually finding the finish. Pena fought his last fight (and missed weight) at featherweight but it seems clear there is no reason for him to make such a drastic cut, as he has plenty of physical advantages in the lightweight division. Pena has some sharp boxing and an ever-improving wrestling/grappling game, which could make him fun to watch as he makes his way up the ranks. He improves to 7-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory
Added to UFC Greenville
LightweightUFC
May 6, 2019
Pena will face off with Matt Wiman at UFC Greenville on June 22, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Pena will be making the return to lightweight for the bout after cutting weight to get down to featherweight in his most recent outing, a victory over Steven Peterson via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 148 in March. Opposing him will be Matt Wiman, he hasn't fought since Nov. 22, 2014, when he defeated Isaac Vallie-Flagg at a UFC Fight Night in Texas.
Suffers multiple injuries at UFC Nashville
LightweightUFC
March 26, 2019
Pena has been suspended 180 days by the Tennessee Athletic Commission pending a physician's clearance for injuries to his right shoulder and lower right ribs, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
While Pena was successful in his first fight at 145 pounds, he doesn't appear to be long for the division after missing weight by a margin of 2.5 pounds. He won the striking battle in this one 52 to 34, but was taken down four times along the way. Pena has major length advantages fighting at these lower weight classes, but if he can't defend a takedown, those will no longer work in his favor. He'll have plenty of time to adjust with multiple injuries to rehab.
Overcomes obstacles to get victory
LightweightUFC
March 23, 2019
Pena defeated Steven Peterson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night 148 in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Pena's first cut to featherweight didn't go as planned, as he missed weight by 2.5 pounds, but "Violent Bob Ross" didn't let that phase him, as he was able to stop most of the takedown attempts from his opponent while lighting him up with shots at range. While he got the win, Pena's cut to featherweight seems questionable at best, as he was already plenty big for lightweight, and may not stand to gain much by depleting himself in such a manner. In any event, he improves to 6-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory,