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UFC Fight Night 63: Julianna Pena returns, meets Milana Dudieva on April 4 in Virginia

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Julianna Pena made history by becoming the first-ever female winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), defeating Jessica Rakoczy via first-round technical knockout at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale on Nov. 30, 2013.

Shortly thereafter, "Venezuelan Vixen" suffered a near career-ending injury that had Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White up in arms because of the "disgusting" manner in which it happened -- Pena was allegedly blindsided by a male training partner.

Pena, though, later revealed that wasn't exactly the case, and eventually underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL, MCL and LCL.

Seventeen months later, Pena will make her long-awaited return to action, according to ESPN, facing off against Milana Dudieva at UFC Fight Night 63, which is set to pop off on April 4, 2015, inside Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.

Dudieva was last seen defeating Elizabeth Phillips at UFC Fight Night 48: "Bisping vs Le" in Aug. 2014, a bout that marked her Octagon debut. She'll have an even tougher challenge in her sophomore effort, as Pena is regarded as one of the best 135-pound fighters in the world.

The FOX Sports 1-televised event will feature an intriguing main event featherweight fight, as Chad Mendes squares off against Ricardo Lamas. In the co-headlining act, former lightweight champion Ben Henderson will collide with Jorge Masvidal.

Also on the card, Dustin Poirier will make his return against Carlos Diego Ferreira, while Liz Carmouche meets Lauren Murphy in women's bantamweight action.

To check out the latest UFC Fight Night 63 fight card and rumors click here.