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Luis Pena to fight TUF winner Mike Trizano at UFC Denver

Luis Pena
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Luis Pena’s stint in The Ultimate Fighter house was cut short. Now he’s getting the chance to make up for lost time.

Nicknamed “Violent Bob Ross,” Pena (4-0) will fight TUF 27 lightweight champion Mike Trizano (6-0) at UFC Denver at the Pepsi Center on Nov. 10, according to a report from The Denver Post.

Though Pena gained plenty of notoriety on TUF 27 show for his fighting ability and resemblance to famous painter and television personality Bob Ross, it was Trizano who would go on to defeat Joe Giannetti at the Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale in July to win the season. Pena picked up a unanimous decision nod over Jose Martinez Jr. in the quarter-finals, but a foot injury forced him to withdraw from the competition.

Pena later defeated Richie Smullen by first-round submission at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale and made it clear afterwards that he wanted his shot at Trizano.

Also according to The Denver Post, a light heavyweight bout between Alonzo Menifield (7-0) and Saparbek Safarov (8-2) will go down in Denver. Menifield earned his UFC contract on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in June after knocking out Dashawn Boatwright in eight seconds, while Safarov has been finished in both of his Octagon appearances after winning his first eight pro bouts.

Top featherweight contenders Frankie Edgar and Chan Sung Jung are scheduled to headline UFC Denver.

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