UFC brings back Lucie Pudilova nearly two years after release

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Lucie Pudilova is a part of the UFC roster once again.

Over the past two years, Pudilova (13-7 MMA, 2-5 UFC) worked her way back onto the UFC’s radar. Saturday, her manager, Brian Butler of SuckerPunch Entertainment, revealed Pudilova officially signed with the promotion recently.

No debut opponent, date or event was announced.

Pudilova, 27, fought in the UFC seven times from March 2017 to January 2020. In her promotional debut against Lina Lansberg, Pudilova became the first Czech woman to compete in UFC history. Her two promotional victories came in her second and third appearances, matchups against Ji Yeon Kim and Sarah Moras.

She departed the UFC in 2020 following four straight losses to Irene Aldana, Liz Carmouche, Antonina Shevchenko and Justine Kish. The bout against Carmouche took place on home soil for Pudilova when the UFC held an event in the Czech Republic for the first time in February 2019.

Her fight time between UFC stints was spent solely for OKTAGON, the leading Czech regional promotion. She went 5-1 with five decision victories and a loss to former UFC fighter Talita Bernardo.

Pudilova, a bantamweight, enters her second UFC stint on a two-fight winning streak.