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Julianna Pena vs. Amanda Nunes 2 announced as UFC 277 main event

Julianna Peña and Amanda Nunes have a rematch date.

During the UFC Vegas 55 broadcast on Saturday, the UFC announcement the two will headline UFC 277, which takes place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on July 30.

Peña pulled off one of MMA’s biggest upsets at UFC 269 in December when she submitted Nunes to take her bantamweight title and break “The Lioness’s” seven-year unbeaten streak.

Peña and Nunes, who are No. 1 and No. 2 respectively at 135 pounds in the MMA Fighting World Rankings, coached on Season 30 of The ultimate fighter, which is currently airing on ESPN+. They were expected to face each other after the end of the season, and now the rematch is official.

The current lineup for UFC 277 was also announced on Saturday, which includes a previously announced interim flyweight title fight between former champion Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France that will serve as the co-main event.

The main card also includes a heavyweight bout between Derrick Lewis and Sergei Pavlovich, a middleweight bout between Paulo Costa and former UFC champion Luke Rockhold, and a light heavyweight bout between Magomed Ankalaev and Anthony Smith.

See the updated UFC 277 lineup below (numbers in parentheses indicate MMA Fighting’s global rankings)

Main board

Julianna Pena (1) vs. Amanda Nunes (2)

Brandon Moreno (2) against Kai Kara-France (T4)

Derrick Lewis (6) vs. Sergei Pavlovich (T15)

Paulo Costa (7) against Luke Rockhold

Magomed Ankalaev (7) vs. Anthony Smith (8)

Preliminary map

Justin Tafa vs. Don’Tale Mayes

Drew Dober vs. Rafael Alves

Diego Ferreira vs. Drakkar Klose

Ramiz Brahimaj vs. Michael Morales

Ji Yeon Kim vs. Mariya Agapova

Nicolae Negumereanu vs. Ihor Potieria