On Saturday, Jan. 28, the UFC returned to where it began, the Mile High City of Denver, for UFC on Fox 23: Shevchenko vs. Pena, which emanatedfrom the Pepsi Center.
In the night’s main event, striking stalwart Valentina Shevchenko took on The Ultimate Fighter 18 winner Julianna Peña in a bout that determined the next bantamweight No. 1 contender. The 28-year-old Shevchenko had 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. Peña, meanwhile, had 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 kicked off Saturday with two preliminary card bouts streaming live on UFC Fight Pass at 4 p.m. ET. Six additional preliminary card bouts aired 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.
Above are video highlights of the bout between Ngannou and Arlovski (courtesy of the UFC).
Fox Main Card
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Peña
Donald Cerrone vs. Jorge Masvidal
Andrei Arlovski vs. Francis Ngannou
Alex Caceres vs. Jason Knight
Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card
Nate Marquardt vs. Sam Alvey
Raphael Assuncao vs. Aljamain Sterling
Bobby Nash vs. Li Jingliang
Luis Henrique da Silva vs. Jordan Johnson
Eric Spicely vs. Alessio Di Chirico
Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Jeremy Kimball
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Alexandre Pantoja vs. Eric Shelton
Jason Gonzalez vs. J.C. Cottrell
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