An important women’s bantamweight matchup between former champion Germaine de Randamie and Julianna Pena is expected to take place at a UFC event on October 3rd.
MMA Fighting first reported the matchup, though the UFC is yet to confirm the booking. The UFC event on October 3rd is without a venue or location to its name, but it’s likely it will either take place in Las Vegas or Abu Dhabi.
De Randamie (9-4) last fought at UFC 245 in December 2019, losing a decision to current two-weight champion Amanda Nunes. “The Iron Lady” was on a five-fight winning streak before her recent loss, including wins against Aspen Ladd and Holly Holm.
Pena (9-3) has only fought once in the last three and a half years, winning a decision against Nicco Montano in July 2019. “The Venezuelan Vixen” took a hiatus from the sport in late 2017 when she became a mother for the first time. In six UFC fights Pena has only one loss, to current champion Valentina Shevchenko.
Aside from a strawweight fight between Loma Lookboonmee and Jinh Yu Frey, no other fights have been announced for the card.