Luis Pena has his next fight set and it will be at 145 pounds.
After competing exclusively at lightweight, “Violent Bob Ross” will meet Steven Peterson in a featherweight bout at UFC Nashville on March 23. MMA Fighting confirmed the matchup with sources following an initial report by MMA Latest.
Pena (5-1) was a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter 27. He won his opening round bout against Jose Martinez before being forced to withdraw from the show due to a foot injury. His official UFC debut took place at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale, where he defeated TUF 27 housemate Richie Smullen by first-round submission. In his second UFC outing, Pena dropped a split decision to TUF 27 winner Mike Trizano.
Peterson (17-7) also picked up a win at the TUF 27 Finale, defeating Matt Bessette by split decision. Previously featured on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, Peterson debuted in the UFC last February with a unanimous decision loss to Brandon Davis. He has alternated wins and losses in his last seven fights.
UFC Nashville takes place at Bridgestone Arena on March 23 and the main card will air live on the ESPN+ streaming service. A welterweight bout between Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Jorge Masvidal will serve as the headliner.