Ex-Champ Holly Holm to Face Julianna Pena at UFC Fight Night Event on May 8

By: Tristen Critchfield
Feb 20, 2021

A women’s bantamweight showdown pitting former champion Holly Holm against “The Ultimate Fighter 18” winner Julianna Pena is set for UFC Fight Night on May 8.

ESPN was first to report the booking. The event does not yet have an official location, and Holm vs. Pena is not expected to serve as the evening’s headliner. The card also includes a clash between Donald Cerrone and Diego Sanchez.

The 39-year-old Holm is coming off an impressive five-round verdict over Mexican contender Irene Aldana in the UFC on ESPN 16 main event on Oct. 3. The Jackson-Wink MMA standout has won three of her last four Octagon appearances, also notching triumphs over former 135-pound title challenger Raquel Pennington and current featherweight No. 1 contender Megan Anderson.

Pena, meanwhile, has won six of her eight promotional appearances, with her only defeats coming at the hands of ex-featherweight queen Germaine de Randamie and reigning 125-pound title holder Valentina Shevchenko. In her last outing, “The Venezuelan Vixen” submitted Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann in the third round of their matchup at UFC 257.

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