Julianna Pena
The Venezuelan Vixen


Title shot off
July 29, 2021
Pena will no longer fight at UFC 265 on Aug. 7 after her opponent Amanda Nunes tested positive for COVID-19, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
There is a tentative plan in place to reschedule this title bout in December, but an official date should be announced over the coming weeks. Pena likely will not fight again until then. She last was in the Octagon in January when she submitted Sara McMann.
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Getting title shot
April 15, 2021
Pena will square off against Amanda Nunes for the bantamweight division belt on Aug. 7, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
Pena was believed to be set to fight Holly Holm for her next bantamweight bout, but it never came to fruition and instead she will get her shot at the title despite losing two of her last four bouts. Pena's shot comes following the submission of Sara McMann (rear-naked choke) at UFC 257, but her competition level skyrockets in her next fight. Nunes hasn't lost since 2015 and should enter the fight a heavy favorite over Pena.
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.
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).