UFC president Dana White promised two or three women's bouts would find their way onto this summer's blockbuster UFC 200, and he wasn't kidding.
First announced was women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate putting her recently won belt on the line against Amanda Nunes. Then, as first reported by ESPNW on Thursday, UFC officials confirmed that Cat Zingano and Julianna Peña would both return to the Octagon to fight each other, also at the July 9 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Zingano (9-1) has undergone a rough couple of years. Her husband, Mauricio Zingano, committed suicide in early 2014. After returning to the Octagon later that year with a win over Nunes, Zingano then lost to Ronda Rousey just 14 seconds into their UFC 184 title bout.
Having taken more than a year off since losing to Rousey, Zingano has been traveling and training, preparing herself for another run at the title.
Peña (7-2), who made her way into the Octagon as part of Tate's team on The Ultimate Fighter, is on a three-fight winning streak, but had her run towards the title slowed by legal troubles. She found herself in hot water early one Sunday morning just before Christmas, as she was arrested for allegedly participating in a fight outside of a bar in Spokane, Wash.
Peña will now step back into the cage with Zingano, with the winner hoping to get a shot at the winner of the fight between Tate and Nunes. The top of the women's bantamweight division is getting extremely crowded, though, as Holly Holm and Rousey are both looking for a shot at the belt.
A welterweight non-title rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor is locked in as the UFC 200 headliner, which also features a battle between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar for the featherweight interim title.