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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]

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. Korean Zombie


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 lbs, over the light heavyweight limit of 206 lbs. 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 lbs) 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 awardsEdit

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 alsoEdit


  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". Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  2. ^ Staff (November 9, 2016). "UFC continues to map out early 2017 with events in Anaheim, Denver, Brooklyn, Las Vegas". Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  3. ^ Damon Martin (December 6, 2016). "Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Pena headlines FOX UFC card in Denver". 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". Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  5. ^ Ariel Helwani (December 7, 2016). "Raphael Assuncao vs. Aljamian Sterling slated for UFC on Fox 23". Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  6. ^ Staff (January 2, 2017). "Bobby Nash replaces Yancy Medeiros, meets Li Jingliang at UFC on FOX 23". 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". Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  8. ^ Staff (January 21, 2017). "Newcomer Jeremy Kimball gets late-notice fight at UFC on FOX 23". 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". 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". Retrieved January 29, 2017.