Julianna Pena
The Venezuelan Vixen


Won't face Holm
March 6, 2021
Pena won't face Holly Holm in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night on May 8 as previously scheduled, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
The pairing was announced a couple weeks ago, but the bout apparently never officially came to fruition. It's unclear if Pena will receive a different opponent for the May 8 card or if a new matchup will land on another date.
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Slated to fight Holly Holm
February 19, 2021
Pena has agreed to fight Holly Holm in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on May 8, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
Pena defeated Sara McMann via submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC 257 in January and is now 2-1 over her past three appearances. She'll take on a top contender in the division in May. Holm has won her past two fights via unanimous decision, most recently defeating Irene Aldana at UFC Fight Night in early October. The two fighters are even in reach, but Holm has a slight edge in height.
Submits Sara McMann
January 23, 2021
Pena defeated Sara McMann via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:39 of Round 3 at UFC 257 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
A victory over McMann means stunningly little here in the early days of 2021, but this was a fight Pena had to win and she got it. Pena got little going over the course of the first five minutes, but she did a ton of damage on the mat in Round 2 before whipping out multiple submission attempts in Round 3. A deep rear-naked choke finally closed the proceedings. Pena requested a fight with UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes in her post-fight interview. That won't be happening, but it never hurts to ask. Pena, who is still somehow just 31 years of age, has alternated wins and losses in her past five fights. That's not going to get you a title shot, but at least she's back on the right track.
McCann fight bumped back
December 26, 2020
Pena's scheduled bantamweight fight against Sara McMann will now take place at UFC 257 on Jan. 23, MMAJunkie.com reports.
The matchup was originally set to take place on Jan. 16 following some initial confusion about the target date. The reason for the switch has not been announced. The fight will still take place in Abu Dhabi, with Pena pegged as an early betting underdog of (+105).
Date set for McMann fight
November 19, 2020
Pena's scheduled bantamweight matchup against Sara McMann has been officially set for Jan. 16, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
There was a bit of confusion about the original date, but it will ultimately take place the weekend before UFC 257 at a yet-to-be determined location. Pena recently came back from a year-plus layoff but was bested by Germaine de Randamie, so she'll now take on another bantamweight staple who happens to have lost two of her last three (but is still coming off a win against Lina Lansberg). Yet again, Pena will be tested by a grappling, putting a putrid 28 percent takedown defense about against McMann's 4.51 takedown-per-15-minute average. She remains a better statistical striker, however, but not by much. "The Venezuelan Vixen" will also enter with a three-inch reach advantage.
Set to face McMann
November 17, 2020
Pena will face Sara McMann at an UFC event, MMA Quarantinecast reports.
This will be Pena's first battle since loosing to Germain de Randamie via technical submission (guillotine) at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on Oct. 3. McMann, on the other hand, will be coming off a defeat against Lina Lansberg via unanimous decision at UFC Raleigh way back in January. Pena holds a current 10-4-0 record in UFC battles. It was previously reported that the fight would take place Dec. 19, but after further clarification, the match will happen some other time, per Nolan King of USA Today.