We've got a batch of UFC fight announcements for you that have been consolidated into one post. As you read last night, TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena is out for an extended period of time with a serious knee injury, forcing her off of her UFC 171 bout with Jessica Andrade. Replacing her is fellow cast member Raquel Pennington.
Pennington (4-3) made it to the semifinals of TUF 18 before losing to Jessica Rakoczy by unanimous decision. She picked up her first UFC win with a unanimous decision over veteran Roxanne Modafferi in the season finale.
The last two bouts are both scheduled for UFC 172 in Baltimore on April 26th. Featherweight prospect Andre Fili will meet Max Holloway in what should be a hell of a scrap, while Joe Ellenberger debuts in a lightweight meeting against Yancy Medeiros:
Holloway (8-3) easily took apart 6'4" Will Chope in Singapore earlier this month, putting him back above .500 in the UFC record books. The 22-year-old is an entertaining striker whose only losses have come to Dustin Poirier, Dennis Bermudez, and Conor McGregor. Fili (13-1) is a Team Alpha Male product who debuted on short notice at UFC 166 and wiped out Jeremy Larsen via TKO. He did miss weight, so this was contested at a 148.5 catchweight.
Ellenberger (14-1) is Jake Ellenberger's twin brother, who is making his UFC debut after not fighting at all in 2013. His last fight was a 1st round knockout win over Joe Wilk in Nebraska. Medeiros (10-1) lost his UFC debut after breaking his thumb against Rustam Khabilov. He rebounded in November with a KO win over veteran Yves Edwards.
Stay tuned for more fight announcements on this busy week for the UFC.
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