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Amanda Nunes vs Julianna Pena set for UFC 269

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The highly-anticipated championship clash has a new battleground — UFC 269.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Women’s Bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, and Julianna Pena are expected to clash before the end of the year at UFC 269.

UFC 269 is scheduled to take place on Sat., Dec. 11, 2021, streaming online via ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV). No venue or location has been publicly confirmed by the promotion. Nunes and Pena (No. 5) were initially set to fight at UFC 265 on Aug. 7; however, Nunes tested positive for COVID-19 and the fight was postponed.

UFC confirmed the rescheduled fight on social media.

Nunes (21-4) lays claim to both the UFC women’s Bantamweight and Featherweight titles. Arguably one of the greatest fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) history, “Lioness” rides a 12-fight win streak with finishes over Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm (watch here), plus two decision wins against reigning UFC women’s Flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko.

Pena (10-4) is among the most promising fighters in the women’s 135-pound division; however, she has struggled with activity. Pena will have fought nine times in eight years once she is locked in the cage with Nunes. She is 6-2 in her UFC tenure with wins over Sara McMann (watch highlights), Cat Zingano and Jessica Eye. Her two losses in the promotion are to former UFC women’s Featherweight champion, Germaine de Randamie, and the aforementioned Shevchenko.

Other bouts currently scheduled for UFC 269 include the Flyweight debut of former UFC Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt against Kai Kara-France (No. 7), and a women’s Flyweight fight pitting Gillian Robertson vs. Priscila Cachoeira.


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