Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena official for UFC 200 “Diaz vs. McGregor II” this July

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Julianna Pena (photo credit Troy Taormina © USA Today)

Two women’s bantamweight fighters attempting to re-establish themselves will be squaring off this summer, as the UFC confirmed Thursday that Cat Zingano will face Julianna Pena at UFC 200.

Zingano returns for the first time since her February 2015 loss to Ronda Rousey, which came in just 14 seconds in the fastest title fight submission in UFC history. That was the first loss in the ten fight career of the 33-year-old, who holds wins over both of the competitors in UFC 200’s Women’s Bantamweight Title fight: Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes.

Pena, friend and teammate to Tate and one of the members of her team on The Ultimate Fighter 18, has won two more fights in the UFC after winning the tournament during that season of TUF. Her return after beating Jessica Eye last October was delayed due to an arrest over an alleged assault, but she was cleared to return this week.

UFC 200 will take place on July 9 from the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be headlined by the welterweight rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor on pay-per-view.

[Photo (c) Troy Taormina via USA Today Sports]

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