On Friday, July 8, the UFC hosted The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
In the night’s main event, women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk rematched Brazilian Claudia Gadelha. The pair met previously at UFC on Fox 13 with Jędrzejczyk claiming a controversial decision win. The Polish fighter would go on to defeat Carla Esparza to capture the 115-pound title and has defended the belt twice since. Gadelha, meanwhile, had fought just once since her first career defeat. She outclassed former No. 1-ranked strawweight Jessica Aguilar, earning the chance to fight Jędrzejczyk once more.
The event also featured the conclusion of the 23rd season of The Ultimate Fighter. The season featured teams of male light heavyweights and female strawweights coached by the aforementioned Jędrzejczyk and Gadelha.
The 12-fight event kicked off Friday at 7 p.m. ET with two bouts streaming live on UFC Fight Pass. Four additional preliminary card bouts followed on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET. The six-fight main card aired live at 10 p.m. ET, also on Fox Sports 1.
Andrew Sanchez def. Khalil Rountree by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)- TUF 23 light heavyweight final
Tatiana Suarez def. Amanda Cooper by submission (D’arce choke). Round 1, 3:43- TUF 23 women’s strawweight final
Will Brooks def. Ross Pearson by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Doo Ho Choi def. Thiago Tavares by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:42
Joaquim Silva def. Andrew Holbrook by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:34
Gray Maynard def. Fernando Bruno by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Matheus Nicolau def. Fernando Bruno by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Josh Stansbury def. Cory Hendricks by majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
Cezar Ferreira def. Anthony Smith by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Kevin Lee def. Jake Matthews by TKO (punches). Round 1, 4:06.
Li Jingliang def. Anton Zafir by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:40