'Violent Bob Ross' makes UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale

“Violent Bob Ross” is set for his official UFC debut, and it takes place next month at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale.

Luis Pena (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who owns the memorable nickname, meets lightweight and fellow “TUF 27” cast member Richie Smullen (3-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on the undercard of the event.

Officials recently announced the bout (via Twitter):

The TUF 27 Finale takes place July 6 at Pearl Theater in Las Vegas. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Following a lengthy amateur run, 24-year-old Pena turned pro in 2016 and is 4-0 with four stoppage victories. He then joined the cast of the currently airing 27th season of “TUF,” but after defeating Jose Martinez, he was ruled ineligible to continue beyond the quarterfinal round because of a foot injury.

He now meets Smullen, a 26-year-old SBG Ireland fighter and BAMMA vet. He also appeared on “TUF 27” but couldn’t competed in his quarterfinal-round bout after cramping forced him to the hospital in the season’s recent eighth episode.

The latest TUF 27 Finale lineup includes:

  • Israel Adesanya vs. Brad Tavares
  • TBA vs. TBA – “The Ultimate Fighter 27” lightweight tournament final
  • TBA vs. TBA – “The Ultimate Fighter 27” featherweight tournament final
  • Alessio Di Chirico vs. Julian Marquez
  • Barb Honchak vs. Roxanne Modafferi
  • Montana De La Rosa vs. Rachael Ostovich
  • Matt Bessette vs. Steven Peterson
  • Martin Bravo vs. Alex Caceres
  • Luis Pena vs. Richie Smullen

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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