UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña

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UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña
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The poster for UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJanuary 28, 2017
VenuePepsi Center
CityDenver, Colorado
Total gate$1,020,434[1]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. The Korean Zombie

UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña (also known as UFC on Fox 23) was a mixed martial arts event promoted by the Ultimate Fighting Championship held on January 28, 2017, at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.[2]


A potential UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship title eliminator between multiple-time muay thai world champion Valentina Shevchenko and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate bantamweight winner Julianna Peña served as the event headliner.[3]

A bantamweight bout between Raphael Assunção and Aljamain Sterling was originally booked for UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov. However, Sterling pulled out due to an undisclosed injury.[4] The fight was later rescheduled for this event.[5]

Yancy Medeiros was expected to face Li Jingliang at the event. However, in early January, Medeiros pulled out for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by promotional newcomer Bobby Nash.[6]

A middleweight bout between former Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard and Brad Tavares was expected to take place at this event, but was scrapped on January 10 due to undisclosed reasons.[7]

A week before the event, promotional newcomer John Phillips pulled out of his light heavyweight bout against Marcos Rogério de Lima and was replaced by fellow newcomer Jeremy Kimball.[8]

At the weigh-ins, de Lima came in at 209.5 lb, 3.5 lb over the light heavyweight limit of 206 lb. As a result, de Lima was fined 20% of his purse, which went to Kimball and the bout proceeded as scheduled at catchweight.[9]


Main Card (Fox)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Women's Bantamweight Valentina Shevchenko def. Julianna Peña Submission (armbar) 2 4:29
Welterweight Jorge Masvidal def. Donald Cerrone TKO (punches) 2 1:00
Heavyweight Francis Ngannou def. Andrei Arlovski TKO (punches) 1 1:32
Featherweight Jason Knight def. Alex Caceres Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 4:21
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Middleweight Sam Alvey def. Nate Marquardt Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Raphael Assunção def. Aljamain Sterling Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Li Jingliang def. Bobby Nash KO (punches) 2 4:45
Light Heavyweight Jordan Johnson def. Henrique da Silva Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Middleweight Eric Spicely def. Alessio Di Chirico Submission (triangle choke) 1 2:14
Catchweight (209.5 lb) Marcos Rogério de Lima def. Jeremy Kimball TKO (punches) 1 2:27
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Flyweight Alexandre Pantoja def. Eric Shelton Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Jason Gonzalez def. J.C. Cottrell Submission (D'arce choke) 1 3:54


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[11]

  • Fight of the Night: Not awarded
  • Performance of the Night: Valentina Shevchenko, Jorge Masvidal, Francis Ngannou and Jason Knight

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (January 28, 2017). "UFC on FOX 23 draws announced attendance of 13,233 for live gate north of $1 million in Denver". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  2. ^ Staff (November 9, 2016). "UFC continues to map out early 2017 with events in Anaheim, Denver, Brooklyn, Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  3. ^ Damon Martin (December 6, 2016). "Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Pena headlines FOX UFC card in Denver". foxsports.com. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  4. ^ John Morgan (November 24, 2016). "Aljamain Sterling out at UFC Fight Night 102, promotion needs U.S.-based foe for Raphael Assuncao". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  5. ^ Ariel Helwani (December 7, 2016). "Raphael Assuncao vs. Aljamian Sterling slated for UFC on Fox 23". mmafighting.com. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  6. ^ Staff (January 2, 2017). "Bobby Nash replaces Yancy Medeiros, meets Li Jingliang at UFC on FOX 23". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  7. ^ John Morgan and Steven Marrocco (January 10, 2017). "UFC on FOX 23 loses Hector Lombard vs. Brad Tavares, adds Alessio Di Chirico vs. Eric Spicely". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  8. ^ Staff (January 21, 2017). "Newcomer Jeremy Kimball gets late-notice fight at UFC on FOX 23". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Staff (January 27, 2017). "UFC on FOX 23 weigh-in results: 1 fighter heavy and fined, but main card set". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  10. ^ "UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  11. ^ Staff (January 28, 2017). "UFC on FOX 23 bonuses: Valentina Shevchenko, Jorge Masvidal among $50,000 extra winners". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved January 29, 2017.