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UFC Clears Julianna Pena For Return Following Assault Charge

Written by Tom Ngo
April 5th, 2016
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UFC Julianna Pena

The UFC has cleared bantamweight Julianna Pena (pictured) to wreak havoc in their cage after wreaking havoc outside of it.

An intoxicated Penna was arrested in December for allegedly assaulting two bounces at Zola bar in Spokane, Washington after trying to reenter the facility to clean up after her and teammate Joshua Gow got into a brawl with unnamed civilians.

Pena was arrested and charged with two counts of simple assault. She was facing up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine before reaching a deal with prosecutors to have the charges dropped within one year if she avoids further run-ins with the law.

Pena has been out of action since beating Jessica Eye in October. The UFC refrained from booking her next opponent until Campbell and Williams, the independent Las Vegas-based law firm the UFC hired to investigate the incident, gave clearance.

“UFC announced today that an investigation into allegations of assault by UFC competitor Julianna Pena is now complete,” the UFC expressed in a statement. “Pena recently came to a resolution with the Prosecutor’s Office in Spokane County, Washington. The resolution was thoroughly reviewed by Campbell & Williams, a Las Vegas-based law firm hired by UFC to oversee its investigation into the matter.

“UFC elected not to schedule Pena for a bout while the legal proceedings were ongoing. Now that the matter has been resolved, Pena is eligible to return to competition in the UFC and will be scheduled for a bout in the near future.

“While UFC is supportive of the resolution of Pena’s criminal matter, Pena acknowledges that her actions as a professional athlete should reflect well of her, the sport of mixed martial arts, and the UFC. Consequently, Pena has volunteered to participate in counseling as a condition for her return to the Octagon.”

Pena, the winner of “The Ultimate Fighter 18” back in 2013, is a perfect 3-0 in the UFC. The 26-year-old owns a 7-2 professional record overall.

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