Fox Sports – Julianna Pena, the Ultimate Fighter 18 winner, will make her non-TUF UFC debut against Jessica Andrade at UFC 171 on March 15 in Dallas. Pena became the first-ever women’s Ultimate Fighter winner when she steamrolled Jessica Rakoczy in the final last month.
She will not have an easy time against Andrade, who is coming off a victory against women’s MMA veteran Rosi Sexton in October. The 22-year-old Brazilian is a solid prospect with a 10-3 record and nine of her wins coming via finish. She has a loss in the UFC, but it’s to former No. 1 contender Liz Carmouche back in July.
Pena (5-2), 24, was dominant on The Ultimate Fighter, finishing both Shayna Baszler and Sarah Moras by submission before pounding out Rakoczy by TKO at the TUF Finale. She came into the show losing her last two fights, but has clearly found another gear – one that many believe could make her a title contender in the not-so-distant future.
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