UFC Releases Statement On Female Contender Julianna Pena

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Julianna Pena

The UFC has decided to not schedule Julianna Pena for a fight while the former Ultimate Fighter winner was being investigated over a legal matter in Washington.

On Monday, the promotion confirmed that they are pleased with the report back and will move forward with Pena’s career.

The 26-year-old Pena (7-2) has won all three of her Octagon bouts, including a 2015 decision over Jessica Eye.

A complete statement can be found below:

UFC announced today that an investigation into allegations of assault by UFC competitor Julianna Pena is now complete. Pena recently came to a resolution with the Prosecutor’s Office in Spokane County, Washington. The resolution was thoroughly reviewed by Campbell & Williams, a Las Vegas-based law firm hired by UFC to oversee its investigation into the matter.

UFC elected not to schedule Pena for a bout while the legal proceedings were ongoing. Now that the matter has been resolved, Pena is eligible to return to competition in the UFC and will be scheduled for a bout in the near future.

While UFC is supportive of the resolution of Pena’s criminal matter, Pena acknowledges that her actions as a professional athlete should reflect well of her, the sport of mixed martial arts, and the UFC. Consequently, Pena has volunteered to participate in counseling as a condition for her return to the Octagon.

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