Join us at ProMMAnow.com Saturday for UFC on FOX 23 live results of the full card and play-by-play of the main card. From the Pepsi Center in Denver, Valentina Shevchenko faces Julianna Pena for the women’s bantamweight top contender spot. And Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone meets Jorge Masvidal in the welterweight co-headliner.
UFC on FOX 23 quick results:
Main Card (Fox – 8 p.m. ET)
- Women’s Bantamweight: Valentina Shevchenko def. Julianna Pena via submission (armbar) – Rd 2, 4:29
- Welterweight: Jorge Masvidal def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) – Rd 2, 1:00
- Heavyweight: Francis Ngannou def. Andrei Arlovksi via TKO (punches) – Rd 1, 1:32
- Featherweight: Jason Knight def. Alex Caceres via submission (rear-naked choke) – Rd 2, 4:21
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1 – 5 p.m. ET)
- Middleweight: Sam Alvey def. Nate Marquardt via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Bantamweight: Raphael Assunção def. Aljamain Sterling via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Welterweight: Li Jingliang def. Bobby Nash via knockout (punches) – Rd 2, 4:45
- Light Heavyweight: Jordan Johnson def. Luis Henrique da Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Middleweight: Eric Spicely def. Alessio Di Chirico via submission (triangle choke) – Rd 1, 2:14
- Catchweight (209.5 lbs): Marcos Rogério de Lima def. Jeremy Kimball via TKO (punches) – Rd 1, 2:27
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass – 4 p.m. ET)
- Flyweight: Alexandre Pantoja def. Eric Shelton via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Lightweight: Jason Gonzalez def. J.C. Cottrell via submission (D’arce choke) – Rd 1, 3:54
UFC on FOX 23 play-by-play:
Alex Caceres vs. Jason Knight
Round 1 – Jab from Knight early. Misses a takedown. Clinches, slaps Caceres on the break. Caceres’s hair on point. Low kick from Alex, counter combo from Knight. Tags Alex with a right. Low kick from Knight, again. Nice one inside from Alex. Inside leg kick from Knight. Some great head movement from Alex, lands a nice right, then a left. Showing some good movement, slipping several shots from Knight. Alex loose and flowing. Knee to body in the clinch from Alex. Nice left. Another to the body this time. Inside leg kick from Alex, Right from Knight. Alex dropped with a counter right but he’s up quick. Knight pressuring, clinches up for a huge takedown and takes Alex’s back, locks on the choke attempt but lets it go before the bell sounds. Wow… would have given Alex the round before that last flurry from Knight. 10-9 Knight.
Round 2 – Front kick from Alex. Checks a low kick. Nice body kick from Alex. Nice straight left from Alex. Right from Knight. Inside low kick from Knight, he shrugs off a clinch from Alex. Alex clinches again but gets thrown to the ground and Knight takes his back looking for the choke. Jason softening him up with punches and elbows to the side of the head. Knight has a body triangle landing these shots and wearing Caceres down. Alex on his knees but Knight still locked on with the body triangle and punishing him. He locks up the choke and forces Caceres to tapout in the biggest win of Knight’s career. He’s now 3-1 in the Octagon.
Official Result: Jason Knight def. Alex Caceres via submission (rear-naked choke) – Rd 2, 4:21
Andrei Arlovski vs. Francis Ngannou
Round 1 – Overhand right grazes Arlovski. Side kick to leg from Andrei. He touches Ngannou with a right, avoids the counter. But not the next one. Ngannou counters with a left and short right hook that puts Andrei down where he finishes The Pit Bull off. That was quick and the fourth stoppage loss in a row for Arlovski. It may be that time for the 37-year-old former heavyweight champ.
Official Result: Francis Ngannou def. Andrei Arlovksi via TKO (punches) – Rd 1, 1:32
Donald Cerrone vs. Jorge Masvidal
Round 1 – Low kick from Cowboy. Body kick next. Left jab from Jorge. Body kick from Donald. Nice jab from Jorge. Doubling up on it. Nice low kick from Cowboy. Nice right from Jorge. Counter left from Donald. Front kick from Jorge. Inside low kick from Cerrone. Nice jab from Cowboy. Hard low kick. Jab from Jorge. Inside low kick and then a body kick from Donald. Low kick again. Jab from Jorge. Jab from Cowboy. Jab from Jorge. Nice low kick from Cowboy, shoots for a takedown. Spinning elbow from Jorge lands. Head kick from Cowboy lands, so quick from lead leg. Overhand right from Jorge. Nice spinning back kick from Jorge knocks Cowboy backward. Low kick from Cowboy. Jab follows. Punch combo, low kick. Nice one two from Jorge and is scoring with his right now. Nice body kick and a right from Jorge. He drops Cowboy with a left right counter and then goes to finish with punches but Cowboy is saved by the bell. He was out though basically. Coach Jackson is telling Cowboy he is not losing in Denver. Wow! They allow Cowboy to continue after getting checked out.
Round 2 – Right from Jorge, front kick and another right. He clinches Cowboy and works the body with knees. Cowboy looks wobbly. Jorge counters a high kick and drops Cowboy with a right. He follows up with a big punch combinations to head and body and this fight is over. Damn Jorge Masvidal just sent notice to the welterweight division.
Official Result: Jorge Masvidal def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) – Rd 2, 1:00
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Pena
Round 1 – These girls look serious. Pena clinches first and presses Shevchenko to the cage. Lands some knees to the body. Quite a few. Shevchenko times the next one for a takedown and is in side mount. Pena is able to get up pretty quick. Back to the clinch and she tries to muscle Shevchenko down. Pena landing more knees to the body. Shevchneko times it again for another quick takedown and back in side mount. Hard hammerfists from Shevchenko. Pena is able to get her to full guard. Pena looks for an arm but Shevchenko defends as bell sounds. 10-9 Shevchenko.
Round 2 – Pena complained about a hurt right shoulder to her corner in the break. Pena clinches, tries to muscle a takedown but is unable. Clinched against the cage now, Pena trying to work those knees again as Shevchenko lands short punches to the body. They trade knees in the clinch. Pena gets a takedown but Shevchneko is right back up. Pena controlling the clinch against the cage, scores a trip takedown and is on top in full guard. Pena works the ground and pound. Shevchenko lands a nice punch off her back. High guard from Shevchenko, she looks for an arm but Pena sees it coming. This time Shevchenko locks it up and stretches it out and the kickboxer forces the tapout from Pena. Wow! Super impressive! Shevchenko vs Nunes is going to be AMAZING!
Official Result: Valentina Shevchenko def. Julianna Pena via submission (armbar) – Rd 2, 4:29