Luis Peña biography: 13 things about UFC fighter born in Naples, Italy


Luis Antonio Peña is an American professional mixed martial artist and boxer whose fight name is Violent Bob Ross. He is 6’3″ tall and he competes in the lightweight division.

Born in Naples, Italy, Peña is 30 percent Cameroonian, 20 percent Benin Togo, an eighth Mexican, an eighth of Caribbean descent, a 16th Italian, a 16th German, a 16th Irish and a 16th Apache. His biological parents were in the United States Navy stationed in Naples.

Peña was a little boy when he was adopted by Latino-American couple Luis Peña Sr. and Rose Peña . Here are 13 more things about the younger Luis:

Luis Antonio Peña (©UFC)
Luis Antonio Peña (©UFC)
  1. In 1996, Luis Sr. divorced Rose. Later, Rose married David Dunbar and raised him in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. David supported his wrestling career when he was young.
  2. He wrestled at Little Rock Central High School.
  3. When he made his amateur MMA debut on August 9, 2014, he submitted Darian Bradshaw of Tennessee, USA. As an amateur MMA fighter, he had 15 wins and 2 losses.
  4. He was 23 years old when he made his professional MMA debut in a Fight Hard MMA event in St. Charles, Missouri, USA where he knocked out Chris Petty of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. On December 2, 2016, he submitted Brandon Schehl of Hillsboro, Illinois, USA at “Shamrock FC 279” in Kansas City, Missouri.
  5. On March 18, 2017, he won the then vacant Valor Fights Lightweight Championship belt by submitting Damir Ferhatbegovic of Knoxville, Tennessee at “Valor Fights 41: Cala vs Wright” in Elizabethton, Tennessee, USA. On July 22, 2017, he submitted Kobe Wall of Statesboro, Georgia, USA in a Worlds Collide event in Rome, Georgia.
  6. As a professional boxer, he was knocked out by Vaughn Alexander of Saint Louis, Missouri in Saint Charles, Missouri on May 12, 2017 and he lost to Jarvis Williams of St. Louis via unanimous decision in St. Louis on June 17, 2017. On November 18, 2017, his bout against Erasmo Garcia of Mexico in Little Rock ended in a draw.
  7. On July 6, 2018, he submitted Richie Smullen of Ireland at “The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated Finale” in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. When he made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut at “UFC Fight Night 139” on November 10, 2018 in Denver, Colorado, USA, he lost via split decision to Michael Tirzano of Ramsey, New Jersey, USA, marking his first professional MMA loss.
  8. On September 8, 2018, he took to Instagram to share a photo of himself with his biological father taken during their first meeting.
  9. On March 23, 2019, he made his featherweight debut as a professional MMA fighter and defeated Steven Peterson of Plano, Texas, USA via unanimous decision at “UFC Fight Night 148” in Nashville, Tennessee. On June 22, 2019, he returned to lightweight and knocked out Matt Wiman of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA at “UFC Fight Night 154” in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. On October 12, 2019, he lost via split decision to Matt Frevola of Huntington, New York, USA in Tampa, Florida, USA.
  10. From the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California, USA, he relocated to the American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida before “UFC Fight Night 169” on February 29, 2020 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA where he defeated Steve Garcia of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA via unanimous decision. On June 27, 2020, he was submitted by Khama Worthy of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA at “UFC Vegas 4” in Las Vegas and he tested positive for marijuana.
  11. On April 17, 2021, he defeated Alexander Munoz of Dallas, Texas, USA via split decision at “UFC Vegas 24” in Vegas.
  12. On June 16, 2021, he wrote on Twitter, “People aren’t comfortable talking about this, but I have been going through serious mental health issues my entire life and have finally gained the strength to get and accept the help I’ve needed for a long time. If you’re struggling take it from me its okay to reach out.”
  13. On June 18, 2021 he was arrested in Coral Springs, Florida for robbery by sudden snatching, battery and criminal mischief. On October 9, 2021, he was arrested in Deerfield Beach, Florida for simple battery and domestic violence battery.

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