On Saturday, Jan. 28, the UFC returns to where it began, the Mile High City of Denver, for UFC on Fox 23: Shevchenko vs. Pena, which emanatesfrom the Pepsi Center.
In the night’s main event, striking stalwart Valentina Shevchenko takes on The Ultimate Fighter 18 winner Julianna Pena in a bout that could determine the next bantamweight No. 1 contender. The 28-year-old Shevchenko has tasted defeat just once since 2010 — a decision loss to current champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 196. Shevchenko quickly rebounded by dominating former titleholder Holly Holm in July at UFC on Fox 21. Pena, meanwhile, has reeled off four straight wins inside the Octagon since capturing the reality show crown in 2013. In her most recent appearance, she topped former title challenger Cat Zingano at UFC 200 by decision.
The 12-fight event kicks off Saturday with two preliminary card bouts streaming live on UFC Fight Pass at 4 p.m. ET. Six additional preliminary card bouts air live on Fox Sports 1 at 5 p.m. ET, with the four-fight main card taking place at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
The fighters will hit the scales at 7 p.m. ET on Friday. A live video feed appears above (courtesy of the UFC), while the results appear below
Fox Main Card
Valentina Shevchenko (134.4) vs. Julianna Pena (135)
Donald Cerrone (170.8) vs. Jorge Masvidal (171)
Andrei Arlovski (246) vs. Francis Ngannou (253.6)
Alex Caceres (145) vs. Jason Knight (145.6)
Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card
Nate Marquardt (185.6) vs. Sam Alvey (185.6)
Raphael Assuncao (135.4) vs. Aljamain Sterling (135.8)
Bobby Nash (170.8) vs. Li Jingliang (170.4)
Luis Henrique da Silva (205.8) vs. Jordan Johnson (205)
Eric Spicely (185.8) vs. Alessio Di Chirico (185.6)
Marcos Rogerio de Lima (209.6)* vs. Jeremy Kimball (204)
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Alexandre Pantoja (126) vs. Eric Shelton (125.8)
Jason Gonzalez (156) vs. J.C. Cottrell (155.8)
* – de Lima missed the light heavyweight limit of 206 pounds and was fined 20 percent of his fight purse
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