UFC on Fox 23: Live Results, Play-by-Play and Fight Card Highlights

9:00pm UTC Jan 28, 2017Denver, CO
Nathan McCarter

UFC on Fox 23 started a bit slow, but the ending was everything fans could have hoped to get. In the main event, Valentina Shevchenko not only beat Julianna Pena but she submitted her. A result almost no one predicted coming in After the fight, champion Amanda Nunes came into the Octagon and the two exchanged words. A rematch of their early 2016 is a virtual lock. In the co-main event, Donald Cerrone was unable to keep his hot streak going against Jorge Masvidal. Masvidal arguably finished Cerrone at the end of the first, but they allowed the fight to continue. He marched right out and finished his business in the opening minute of the second round. Miss anything? Take a look at the UFC on Fox 23 live stream for a complete recap.

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    UFC on Fox 23 Quick Results

    Valentina Shevchenko def. Julianna Pena via submission (armbar) at 4:29 of the second round Jorge Masvidal def. Donald Cerrone by TKO at 1:00 of the second round Francis Ngannou def. Andrei Arlovski by TKO at 1:32 of the first round Jason Knight def. Alex Caceres via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:21 of the second round Sam Alvey def. Nate Marquardt by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Raphael Assuncao def. Aljamain Sterling by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Li Jingliang def. Bobby Nash by KO at 4:45 of the second round Jordan Johnson def. Luis Henrique da Silva by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Eric Spicely def. Alessio Di Chirico via submission (triangle choke) at 2:14 of the first round Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Jeremy Kimball by TKO at 2:27 of the first round Alexandre Pantoja def. Eric Shelton by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Jason Gonzalez def. J.C. Cottrell via submission (D'arce choke) at 3:54 of the first round

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    The Real Winners and Losers from Denver

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    The Real Winners and Losers from Denver

    Scott Harris
    via Bleacher Report
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    Challenger and Champion

    The rematch is coming! Get hype!

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  6. January 29, 2017
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    Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Pena

    Official Result: Valentina Shevchenko def. Julianna Pena via submission (armbar) at 4:29 of the second round

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    Impressed and Unconcerned

    The champion looks mighty excited by that finish, and not at all concerned that Shevchenko is next. And why should she be?

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    Expect the Unexpected

    Valentina Shevchenko surprises everyone with a submission victory! The No. 1 contender punches her ticket to a rematch against Amanda Nunes!

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    Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Pena

    Round 2 Pena clinches again. Pena landing short knees again. She is happy to grind in this position. Pena tries to take her down, but Shevchenko defends.

    Pena scores the takedown! She tries to posture up, but the punches come down just short. Shevchenko moving her legs up. Pena unable to generate much offense thus far, but it's solidly her round at this point. Less than a minute left.

    Shevchenko has the armbar and Pena taps!

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    Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Pena

    Round 1 Pena slowly pressing forward and closes the distance. Pena landing solid knees from the outside position. Shevchenko times a knee and sweeps Pena to the mat.

    Pena gets up and keeps pressing Shevchenko into the cage. They exchange knees. Pena is able to throw many more knees from outside. Pena gets tripped again. Good hammerfists from Shevchenko. Pena gets to full guard. Shevchenko not scoring much, but she is maintaining top control.

    Pena goes for the armbar. Shevchenko survives.

    Bleacher Report scores the round: 10-9 Shevchenko

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    Title Eliminator

    The fighters are in the cage. It's go time!

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    Main Event Time

    Valentina Shevchenko is one fight away from her re-match against Amanda Nunes, and Julianna Pena is a fight away from realizing a dream. Who takes it? We're minutes away from the answer.

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    Donald Cerrone vs. Jorge Masvidal

    Official Result: Jorge Masvidal def. Donald Cerrone by TKO at 1:00 of the second round

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    Gamebred Turns It Up

    A big knock on Jorge Masvidal has been his tendency to get complacent in fights and not continue to throw. His output would drop and he would lose fights as a result. Against Donald Cerrone this was not an issue. He took it to Cerrone and cleaned his clock. Huge performance.

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    Donald Cerrone vs. Jorge Masvidal

    Round 2 The replay seemingly showed Cerrone was out. It's likely this fight should have been called.

    Masvidal sensing the finish. Masvidal is going right after Cerrone. He is just touching Cerrone up right now. He knocks Cerrone down again! After another combination the referee stops it!

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    Donald Cerrone vs. Jorge Masvidal

    Round 1 Nice body kick from Cowboy. Masvidal responds with one of his own. Cerrone looks to have a decided speed advantage. Cerrone mixing it up well. Good exchange for both men!

    Masvidal goes to the outside of the lead leg. Good jab from Cerrone. Masvidal goes to the body. Big kick to the body from Cowboy. Both men are being very successful on the feet. Cerrone has a bit more output and power at this point.

    Cerrone changes levels for a takedown, but he doesn't complete it. Spinning backfist lands for Masvidal. Masvidal just misses the overhand right landing flush. Cerrone circled away just in time. Cerrone has chewed up the lead leg of Masvidal. Good kick-punch combinations from Masvidal.

    Masvidal drops Cerrone and finishes the round in a flurry! Saved by the bell.

    Bleacher Report scores the round: 10-9 Masvidal

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    Bad Blood

    There has been a lot of talk back-and-forth between Donald Cerrone and Jorge Masvidal. It's time to settle the score as their co-main event contest is next on the docket.

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    Andrei Arlovski vs. Francis Ngannou

    Official Result: Francis Ngannou def. Andrei Arlovski by TKO at 1:32 of the first round

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    Fight Recap

    Miss Ngannou vs. Arlovski? Here is a quick fight recap GIF for your pleasure.

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    Andrei Arlovski vs. Francis Ngannou

    Round 1 Ngannou just misses on the overhand right. A left clips Arlovski. Ngannou is being very patient. Arlovski circling on the outside.

    Huge uppercut and Arlovski drops like a sack of potatoes! A couple big shots and that's a wrap!

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    Winner, Winner

    The choke that secured the win for Jason Knight. After the fight, Knight called out "The Korean Superboy" Doo Ho Choi. I think I can safely speak for MMA as a whole when I say, sign us up.

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    Ngannou Comin'

    The big heavyweight prospect has a chance to make a statement against longtime UFC vet, and former champion, Andrei Arlovski. It's heading your way... next!

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    Alex Caceres vs. Jason Knight

    Official Result: Jason Knight def. Alex Caceres via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:21 of the second round

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    Alex Caceres vs. Jason Knight

    Round 2 Knight catches a body kick, but Caceres pulls it out before he can be taken down. They get in a brief scramble, and Knight is able to assume top position.

    Knight gets his back quickly. Still three minutes remaining. Nice elbow from Knight. He goes for the rear-naked choke, but it's on the chin. Caceres eats another punch from Knight. Knight is dominating the fight from this position. Knight goes for the rear-naked again, and Caceres taps this time!

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    Alex Caceres vs. Jason Knight

    Round 1 Caceres knocks Knight a bit off-balance with an inside leg kick. Knight looking for a takedown, but Caceres defends. Nice left from Caceres. These two are throwing quite a bit, but not landing clean. It's still offering more action than the previous two fights combined.

    Nice exchange where Caceres gets the better of the exchange. Less than 90 seconds on the clock.

    Nice output from Caceres. Knight struggling with the movement of Caceres now, but he's not getting clipped by anything big. Counter from Knight sits Caceres down. And a massive takedown from Knight as the round comes to a close. Huge swing in momentum at the end of the round.

    Bleacher Report scores the round: 10-9 Knight

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    The Main Card Is Here

    Alex Caceres vs. Jason Knight look to open the main card with high-paced action.

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    Nate Marquardt vs. Sam Alvey

    Official Result: Sam Alvey def. Nate Marquardt by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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    Nate Marquardt vs. Sam Alvey

    Round 3 90 seconds in the round and Marquardt gets a takedown. Alvey pops right back up. Marquardt drags him back down and has his back.

    Alvey escapes and gets up. Alvey clinches with Marquardt after failed striking. They break and go back to a distance with one minute remaining. They both land a shot or two before the bell. Atrocious fight.

    Bleacher Report scores the round: 10-9 Alvey Bleacher Report scores the fight: 30-28 Alvey

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    Nate Marquardt vs. Sam Alvey

    Round 2 Alvey lands a left early in the second. Marquardt puts together a combination and only a right hand gets through. Alvey comes forward in a rush. Not much lands but it provides some action. Marquardt responds and they clinch on the fence.

    Alvey catches Marquardt and briefly puts him on his butt. Alvey getting a bit more loose after that, but he's still waiting. Marquardt is starting to show signs of damage. Alvey lands a couple punches cleanly. Marquardt not offering much resistence now.

    Bleacher Report scores the round: 10-9 Alvey

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    Nate Marquardt vs. Sam Alvey

    Round 1 Alvey throws a strong outside leg kick to start things off. Marquardt closes the distance and clinches with Alvey. They aren't doing much from the clinch. Grueling battle for position.

    Referee Herb Dean breaks them up.

    Less than a minute and still waiting on something to happen. Alvey hears the 10-second warning and then comes forward with a flying knee. That was needed much earlier.

    Bleacher Report scores the round: 10-10

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    Raphael Assuncao vs. Aljamain Sterling

    Official Result: Raphael Assuncao def. Aljamain Sterling by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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    Raphael Assuncao vs. Aljamain Sterling

    Round 3 Sterling just touches Assuncao with a right on the counter. Assuncao with an outside leg kick. Sterling goes for a takedown, and Assuncao defends.

    Assuncao scores with a left. Sterling calls for the fans, but I'm not sure why. He's not done much to warrant their appreciation. Straight left lands for Assuncao. Sterling landing more, but without much power. He's just touching Assuncao.

    This was not a good fight.

    Bleacher Report scores the round: 10-9 Sterling Bleacher Report scores the fight: 29-28 Assuncao

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    Raphael Assuncao vs. Aljamain Sterling

    Round 2 Sterling takes another one low, but the referee didn't see it so the action continues. Assuncao lands another inside leg kick. The crowd is growing restless. Assuncao puts Sterling to a knee with a counter-right.

    Assuncao stuffs a takedown attempt from Sterling. Low output. Not exciting.

    Bleacher Report scores the round: 10-9 Assuncao

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    Raphael Assuncao vs. Aljamain Sterling

    Round 1 Quick inside leg kick by Sterling. Sterling is using a lot of distance early. Outside leg kick from Assuncao. Sterling lands one of his own. Slow pace as Assuncao is not able to shoot in for takedowns and Sterling is staying outside.

    Sterling eats a kick right to the family jewels. He'll take a breather.

    Sterling doesn't even take 30 seconds. Assuncao lands a right hand. Sterling goes back to the leg kicks. He's struggling to find success elsewhere. Assuncao lands a low outside leg kick. That round did not have the action many had hoped for between these two skilled bantamweights.

    Bleacher Report scores the round: 10-9 Assuncao

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    Aljo Returns...

    Coming off his first career loss, Aljamain Sterling looks to restate his case as an elite bantamweight against Raphael Assuncao. Up next!

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    Bobby Nash vs. Li Jingliang

    Official Result: Li Jingliang def. Bobby Nash by KO at 4:45 of the second round

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    Bobby Nash vs. Li Jingliang

    Round 2 Nash hurts him again. Jingliang is getting wild. Nash catches him again, but Jingliang stays upright!

    Jingliang lands a right on the counter. Nash goes back to his wrestling. Jingliang is defending the takedown, but he's not scoring any points with his back against the fence. The fight has stalled in this position.

    They finally break. Jingliang goes back to the leg kick. Jingliang tries a takedown, but Nash defends. Jingliang lands flush on Nash and he's rocked! Jingliang finishes with a couple more follow up shots that put him out like a light.

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    Bobby Nash vs. Li Jingliang

    Round 1 Nice outside leg kick from Jingliang. Nash darts forward, Jingliang circles out and lands another outside leg kick. Nash darts forward again and Jingliang responds with a clean right hand.

    Nash lands a leg kick of his own. Nash starting to find his range with his hands. Jingliang stuns Nash who immediately goes for a takedown. Jingliang defends. Another overhand right connects for Jingliang. Jingliang's leg kicks are taking a toll.

    Jingliang connects and Nash drops him with a counter shot! He's going for a rear-naked choke. Jingliang is fighting the hands to prevent him from finishing. Nash abandons the choke. A strong finish to the round for Nash. Did he steal it?

    Bleacher Report scores the round: 10-9 Jingliang

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    Luis Henrique da Silva vs. Jordan Johnson

    Official Result: Jordan Johnson def. Luis Henrique da Silva by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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    Luis Henrique da Silva vs. Jordan Johnson

    Round 3 Nice right hand lands for Johsnon. And he gets another takedown. Johnson not upping the tempo on the tired Da Silva. Johnson tries for an armlock, but Da Silva escapes. Johnson stays on top.

    This is not pretty or highly entertaining. It's just control.

    Bleacher Report scores the round: 10-9 Johnson Bleacher Report scores the fight: 30-27 Johnson

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    Luis Henrique da Silva vs. Jordan Johnson

    Round 2 Johnson scores another easy takedown right away in the second. Johnson is taking his time and keeping Da Silva pinned to the mat. Johnson is just controlling Da Silva. Half the round has passed.

    Johnson lays in punches when given the chance. With just over a minute left in the round, Da Silva finally stands. With more damage this would be a clear 10-8 round. Da Silva looks absolutely drained.

    Bleacher Report scores the round: 10-9 Johnson

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    Luis Henrique da Silva vs. Jordan Johnson

    Round 1 Johnson lands a solid punch to the midsection as they briefly clinch. Johnson scores a big takedown.

    Da Silva tries to get up and Johnson gets for an anaconda choke. He rolls with it. Da Silva is out. Johnson throwing a nice jab. Johnson touching Da Silva up with the jab. He's taking his time. Da Silva smiles. Da Silva covers up and Johnson changes levels for the takedown.

    Bleacher Report scores the round: 10-9 Johnson

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    Eric Spicely vs. Alessio Di Chirico

    Official Result: Eric Spicely def. Alessio Di Chirico via submission (triangle choke) at 2:14 of the first round

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    Eric Spicely vs. Alessio Di Chirico

    Round 1 They clinch and Spicely has the outside position. Spicely tries to trip Di Chirico to the mat, but Di Chirico gets the top position. Spicely looks to lock up a triangle, but Di Chirico has a hand inside.

    Spicely pulls down on the head and Di Chirico taps!

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    Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Jeremy Kimball

    Official Result: Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Jeremy Kimball by TKO at 2:27 of the first round

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    Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Jeremy Kimball

    Round 1 Tentative start to the fight, but Kimball testing his range. Rogerio de Lima hits the turf and Kimball follows him, but only briefly. They stand back up.

    Rogerio de Lima capitalizes on a slip by Kimball. Big punches and the referee steps in.

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