A women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena has now been rescheduled for UFC 269 on December 11th at a location still to be confirmed.
The title clash had originally been booked for the co-main event of UFC 265 earlier this month, but Nunes tested positive for Covid less than two weeks away from the show, forcing it to be cancelled.
Rather than giving Pena a late replacement opponent, the UFC opted to keep the bout intact and push it back to a different date instead, much to the relief of the former TUF winner.
Pena is coming off a third round submission victory of former title contender Sara McMann back in January, but it should be noted she’s actually only 2-2 in her last four fights.
Her other victory during that period was against Nicco Montano, but she also suffered submission losses against both Valentina Shevchenko and Germaine de Randamie during that period.
As for Nunes, her form has been absolutely flawless for the past six years in the UFC, having extended her unbeaten streak to 12-fights, while notching up five successful title defenses at 135lbs, and a further two at 145lbs for good measure.
Nunes vs. Pena joins a UFC 269 card that will also feature Cody Garbrandt vs. Kai Kara-France, but is still in it’s fledgling stages and has yet to have a main event confirmed.