Luis Pena
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Takes easy decision in Norfolk
LightweightUFC
February 29, 2020
Pena defeated Steve Garcia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia.
ANALYSIS
A stoppage would have been nice, but Pena easily handled his late-notice replacement in Garcia. He didn't drop a single round throughout the course of the bout and was never truly threatened by Garcia. Pena is an interesting prospect. He has elite size (6-foot-3) for the division and is young (26 years old) but he has been wildly inconsistent and has put forth some poor performances despite facing sub par competition. Pena has fought a whopping four times in the past 11 months, posting a 3-1 record over that span.
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Gets new opponent at UFC Norfolk
LightweightUFC
February 24, 2020
Pena will now face Steve Garcia in a lightweight matchup at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Pena was scheduled to take on Alex Munoz at UFC Norfolk, but he was forced to withdraw with an undisclosed injury. He'll instead face Garcia, who is making his UFC debut after defeating Desmond Torres at Dana White's Contender Series in August. Garcia failed to earn a contract immediately after his win because he missed weight, but he'll begin his run with the promotion on short notice. Pena is 2-2 under the UFC banner, with his most recent fight ending in a loss to Matt Frevola via split decision. Pena carries a slight advantage in height.
Set to fight in Norfolk
LightweightUFC
January 7, 2020
Pena is scheduled to take on Alex Munoz in a lightweight fight on February 29 at UFC Norfolk.
ANALYSIS
Pena lost to Matt Frevola via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) back in October at UFC Tampa. Pena will shift his focus to Munoz, who will make his UFC debut after defeating Nick Newell on Dana White's Contender Series in July 2018. Pena currently boasts a 7-2 record.
Drops close one to Matt Frevola
LightweightUFC
October 12, 2019
Pena lost to Matt Frevola via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
ANALYSIS
Pena stormed out of the cage after the decision was announced by Joe Martinez. It was Round 1 that decided the fight, as Round 2 pretty clearly went to Pena and Round 3 to Frevola. Pena popped Frevola to the head consistently throughout the course of the bout, but he had trouble defending leg strikes and he allowed Frevola to score on 4-of-7 takedown attempts. It was a fight that could have gone either way, but Pena allowed Frevola to control the final frame and that was the last image the judge's saw before they submitted their scorecards. Pena is now 2-2 in the UFC, although both setbacks have come via split decision.
Added to UFC Tampa
LightweightUFC
August 27, 2019
Pena (7-1-0) is scheduled to take on Matt Frevola (7-1-1) in a lightweight fight Oct. 12 at UFC Tampa, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Pena, an alum of The Ultimate Fighter 27, sports a 3-1-0 record since joining the promotion. He'll return to the Octagon in October riding a two-fight winning streak after suffering his first career loss to Mike Trizano late in 2017.
Dismantles opponent in LW return
LightweightUFC
June 22, 2019
Luis Pena defeated Matt Wiman via TKO (punches) at 1:14 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 154 in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Pena did exactly what he was supposed to do against a guy who hadn't fought since 2014, as he was able to cut him up with elbows in the first round and stay a step ahead in every grappling exchange before eventually finding the finish. Pena fought his last fight (and missed weight) at featherweight but it seems clear there is no reason for him to make such a drastic cut, as he has plenty of physical advantages in the lightweight division. Pena has some sharp boxing and an ever-improving wrestling/grappling game, which could make him fun to watch as he makes his way up the ranks. He improves to 7-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory