A women’s bantamweight bout between top contenders Valentina Shevchenko and Julianna Peña will headline UFC on FOX in Denver the promotion has announced.
UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña will be held on January 28, 2017, at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado
Shevchenko (13-2 MMA) won her UFC debut against Sarah Kaufman via split decision at UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2. She then went on to lose her next bout to Amanda Nunes via unanimous decision at UFC 196. In her last bout, however, Shevchenko earned her biggest win to date, earning a unanimous decision win over former champion Holly Holm at UFC on Fox 20 in Chicago.
Pena (8-2 MMA) has been perfect in her MMA run since winning season 18 of the Ultimate Fighter. Following the show, Pena earned a TKO win over Milana Dudieva before earning two unanimous decisions over Jessica Eye and Cat Zingano.
With this announcement, UFC on FOX now looks like this:
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Peña
Hector Lombard vs. Brad Tavares
Jason Gonzalez vs. J.C. Cottrell
Sam Alvey vs. Nate Marquardt
Eric Shelton vs. Alexandre Pantoja