Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena Rematch to headline UFC 277 Card in Dallas | Launderer’s report
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The most anticipated women’s fight of 2022 now has a date.
The UFC announcement Saturday that the rematch between bantamweight champion Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes will take place in the main event of UFC 277 on Saturday, July 30 in Dallas. Pena defeated Nunes for the title at UFC 269 in December in what is considered one of the biggest upsets in MMA history.
Pena shockingly earned a second-round submission win over Nunes, which was his first loss since 2014 and ended his reign after four belt defenses. It was a special performance from Pena that saw her beat the former champion with her boxing before sinking into a rear-end choke and forcing a quick tap-out.
After the loss, Nunes told ESPN she suffered from multiple knee injuries before the fight. Universally regarded as the best female fighter of all time, Nunes still holds the UFC featherweight championship.
The UFC has selected Pena and Nunes as coaches for the current season. The ultimate fighter, airing on ESPN+. Pena said before the season that she was surprised to learn a certain aspect of Nunes’ personality.
“I really thought that I was very demanding, like the most demanding, like no one got more maintenance than me. Right? I’m a diva! Then I lived the things that Amanda was doing”, Pena said on the morning fight podcast last month. “My God, wow! I didn’t think that.
In addition to Pena and Nunes’ title fight, the co-main event of UFC 277 will be an interim flyweight championship bout between Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France.