The UFC’s first female winner of The Ultimate Fighter finally has a date set for first post-TUF bout..

According to reports, Julianna Peña will make her long awaited return to the Octagon the against Milana Dudieva at UFC Fight Night 63 in April. ESPN was the first to report the news.

Peña (5-2) has not been since  since she winning the TUF 18 tournament with a first round TKO victory over Jessica Rakoczy at the TUF 18 Finale in November 2013. Soon after it was revealed ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ suffered a gruesome injury in training camp, which resulted in her tearing ACL, MCL, LCL and meniscus. While it was initially believed she could miss up to two years of action, it appears the bantamweight is ahead of schedule. She will enter this bout all five of her professional victories ending in stoppage.

Dudieva (11-3) was last seen earning a split decision in her UFC debut against Elizabeth Phillips at UFC Fight Night 48 in August, extending her win streak to three. Prior to this string of victories, the Russian suffered back-to-back setbacks under the ProFC banner, including a second round submission loss to current UFC bantamweight Jessica Andrade. She will enter this bout with nine career stoppage wins, with six ending in submission.

UFC Fight Night 63 is currently set to take place on April 4 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. A featherweight matchup between a pair of former title contenders in Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas will serve s the main event.

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