An undisputed UFC bantamweight championship rematch between champion, Julianna Pena, and former bantamweight best, current featherweight queen, Amanda Nunes is set to take place at UFC 277 on July 30. – from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Julianna Peña scooped the bantamweight title in a shock win over Amanda Nunes at UFC 269
Initially meeting in the co-main event of UFC 269 last December, Pena, a native of Washington, managed to land a hugely surprising upset victory against then-two-weight champion, Nunes – submitting the Brazilian with a second round rear-naked choke to win the undisputed bantamweight championship.
The UFC confirmed the championship rematch between The Ultimate Fighter coaches during tonight’s broadcast for UFC Vegas 55 and the previously reported interim flyweight championship fight between former champion, Brandon Moreno, and Kai Kara-France.
11-4 as a professional, Julianna Pena, who won The Ultimate Fighter 18 back in November 2013, rallied from an adversity and grappling filled opening round against Nunes last December to score one of the biggest upset wins in the history of the sport.
Landing strikes on cue against Nunes in the second round of their T-Mobile Arena co-headliner, Julianna Pena backed the Bahia native to the fence, secured a takedown courtesy of a trip and then – without establishing hooks, submitted the Brazilian to win the bantamweight crown.
In other promotional victories, Pena has defeated Sara McMann, inaugural flyweight champion, Nicco Montano, Cat Zingano, and Jessica Eye to name a few.
21-5 as a professional, Nunes, the current undisputed featherweight champion of the UFC, saw her stunning six year, 12-fight winning run halted in her upset loss to Pena at the conclusion of last year.
Before her loss, Nunes racked up a slew of triumphs opposite the likes of Valentina Shevchenko, Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg, Holly Holm, Germaine de Randamie, Felicia Spencer, and Megan Anderson to name a few.