Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena will headline UFC 277 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on July 30. She will attempt to fix the biggest upset of her career in MMA history since UFC 269 last December.
Peña upset Nunes at MMA at UFC 269 in December when she submitted Nunes for her bantamweight title and snapped a seven-year win streak of "The Lions".
The two fighters were coaching against one other in the current season of The Ultimate Fighter. It will be a fierce fight between the two top female fighters in their division. Plus it will be interesting to see if Nunes remains the favorite to win back the title.
Nunes is not better than Pena in every aspect of MMA and many people realize that losing to Pena in 2021 was an off night for Nunes or best night of Pena's career.
The odds on the rematch between Pena vs Nunes are significantly different and this makes things very interesting. Nunes has not seen such difficulties since upsetting Cris Cyborg in 2018 and this makes her a reasonable favorite to win. On the other hand, if you believe that Pena won the first fight because of what she did right and not what Nunes did wrong, then Pina is worth choosing. This is going to be an all out war.
Prediction: Amanda Nunes will beat Juliana Pina by knockout.
Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France, which will serve as the co-main event. And the main card includes a heavyweight bout between Derick Lewis and Sergei Pavlovich, a middleweight bout between Paulo Costa and former UFC champion Luke Rockhold, and a lightweight bout between Magomed Ankalaev and Anthony Smith.
See the updated UFC 277 lineup below
Julianna Peña vs. Amanda Nunes – for women’s bantamweight title
Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France – for interim flyweight title
Derrick Lewis vs. Sergei Pavlovich
Alexandre Pantoja vs. Alex Perez
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Anthony Smith
Alex Morono vs. Matthew Semelsberger
Rafael Alves vs. Drew Dober
Hamdy Abdelwahab vs. Don’Tale Mayes
Rafa Garcia vs. Drakkar Klose
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD
Adam Fugitt () vs. Michael Morales ()
Joselyne Edwards () vs. Ji Yeon Kim ()
Nicolae Negumereanu () vs. Ihor Potieria ()
Orion Cosce () vs. Blood Diamond ()