Promotion officials announced the 135-pound pairing on Tuesday. UFC
on Fox 23 takes place at the Pepsi Center and also includes a
middleweight showdown between Hector
Lombard and Brad
Tavares. The evening’s main card airs on the Fox Network.
Pena has won four straight bouts in the Octagon since emerging from
Season 18 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” The 27-year-old Spokane,
Wash., resident solidified herself as a top contender with a
unanimous decision victory over former No. 1 contender Cat Zingano
at UFC 200 on July 9.
Shevchenko has faced a tough road since signing with the Las
Vegas-based promotion. She debuted with a split-decision over
ex-Strikeforce titlist Sarah
Kaufman at UFC on Fox 17 before dropping a three-round verdict
to current UFC champ Amanda
Nunes in her sophomore outing. “Bullet” got back on the winning
path by outpointing former bantamweight queen Holly Holm at
UFC on Fox 20 on July 23.