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.
Above are video highlights of the bout between Suarez and Cooper (courtesy of the UFC).
Fox Sports 1 Main Card
Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha – for women’s strawweight title
Andrew Sanchez vs. Khalil Rountree – TUF 23 light heavyweight final
Tatiana Suarez vs. Amanda Bobby Cooper – TUF 23 women’s strawweight final
Ross Pearson vs. Will Brooks
Doo Ho Choi vs. Thiago Tavares
Joaquim Silva vs. Andrew Holbrook
Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card
Gray Maynard vs. Fernando Bruno
John Moraga vs. Matheus Nicolau
Cory Hendricks vs. Josh Stansbury
Cezar Ferreira vs. Anthony Smith
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Jake Matthews vs. Kevin Lee
Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir
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