Ahead of Luis Pena’s return at UFC Vegas 24, the fighter better known as “Violent Bob Ross” has re-focused, and re-centered himself. “It’s been a long time since I was back here in front of everybody, and I took a lot of time to do some personal growth, not only in my fighting career, but in my personal life. And I feel like it’s added to the evolution of Violent Bob Ross.”
Pena (8-3) has been trading wins and losses of late, but noted during the UFC Vegas 24 media day that he’s had a great camp — and even his coaches have taken notice. “For once, people are going to see the Violent Bob Ross they’ve always been waiting for in this fight. Trust me,” he exclaimed.
The former TUF standout is up against Alex Munoz on Saturday, a fight that was first booked in early 2020. Munoz wound up forced out due to injury. “He got away last time, but he can’t get away this time,” quipped Pena.
“I have a lot of respect for Alex, being a former Oklahoma state wrestler,” the lanky lightweight would go on to say. “That’s my favorite team in college wrestling. Pat Smith, first ever four-timer in NCAA Division I, was my club wrestling coach in high school. So I’ve been an OK state fan pretty much ever since I was a kid. To get the chance to compete against an old Cowboy, I respect Alex. But for me, it’s a big opportunity to show people that a) You might have a better wrestling pedigree than me, but you ain’t gonna be able to do it to me, and b) I’m complete everywhere.”
Luis Pena, a.k.a. Violent Bob Ross, faces Alex Munoz at UFC Vegas 24 on Saturday, April 17. The event airs live on ESPN (TSN in Canada).