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UFC declares Julianna Pena “eligible to return to competition”

TUF 18 winner and UFC bantamweight Julianna Pena (7-2-0) will be returning to the octagon in the near future.

The UFC previously announced their investigation into Pena’s December 2015 alleged bar fight assault and suspended her pending the results.

Pena allegedly became irate and kicked two males in the groin after trying to gain entry to a bar to help Joshua Gow tend to his wounds after he had an earlier incident at another bar.

The 26-year-old Pena will undergo counselling as a condition for her return.

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The company released the following statement Monday.

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.

This development now allows Pena to move forward.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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