UFC officials announced today that Julianna Pena (#5) will face Valentina Shevchenko (#3) as part of the main event of UFC on Fox 23 on January 28th in Denver, Colorado. The winner of the fight is expected to number 1 contender for the UFC women’s bantamweight title, currently held by Amanda Nunes.
Shevchenko, who is 2-1 in the UFC, lost a close battle via decision to Nunes back in March. She followed up the lost with the biggest win of her career, by beating former champion, Holly Holm via decision in July.
Pena, who is a former Ultimate Fighter show winner, is a perfect 4-0 in the UFC, beating Cat Zingano in her last fight, at UFC 200.
The announced card so far:
- Valentina Shevchenko vs Julianna Pena
- Hector Lombard vs Brad Tavares
- Alexandre Pantoja vs Eric Shelton
- J.C. Cottrell vs Jason Gonzalez