This past weekend, fight fans tuned in for a highly anticipated night of fights at UFC Denver, also known as UFC on FOX 23. The event certainly delivered on all marks, with the main card producing four finishes in four fights.
To kick off the main card, streaking featherweight Jason Knight picked up his third straight win as he defeated Alex ‘Bruce Leeroy’ Caceres via submission in the second round, making it three straight wins for Knight. Francis Ngannou followed up Knight’s 2nd round submission by picking up a ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus as he knocked out Andrei Arlovski in the very first round.
In the co-main event, Jorge Masvidal picked up a massive win as he TKOd Donald Cerrone in the second round of their highly anticipated scrap. For Masvidal, the win made it three straight, whereas for Cerrone, the loss snapped his 4-fight win streak that saw him go 4-0 over the course of 2016 as he climbed to the #5 spot on the welterweight rankings.
In the main event, top ranked women’s bantamweight Valentina Shevchenko proved she’s not just a striker as she picked up a 2nd round submission win over Julianna Pena, securing herself a title fight with women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.
Below are the medical suspensions for the event, courtesy of MMAFighting:
Julianna Pena: Suspended 180 days, can be cleared earlier by physician
Aljamain Sterling: Suspended 180 days, can be cleared earlier by physician
Jordan Johnson: Suspended 180 days, can be cleared earlier by physician
Eric Shelton: Suspended 180 days, can be cleared earlier by physician; minimum suspension of 30 days
Jorge Masvidal: Suspended 90 days, can be cleared earlier by physician
Marcos Rogerio De Lima: Suspended 90 days, can be cleared earlier by physician; minimum suspension of 30 days (weight)
Andrei Arlovski: Suspended 60 days
Robert Nash: Suspended 60 days
Donald Cerrone: Suspended 45 days
Henrique da Silva: Suspended 45 days
Jason Knight: Suspended 30 days
Alex Caceres: Suspended 30 days
Sam Alvey: Suspended 30 days
Nate Marquardt: Suspended 30 days
Alessio Di Chirico: Suspended 30 days
Eric Spicely: Suspended 30 days
Jeremy Kimball: Suspended 30 days
J.C. Cottrell: Suspended 30 days
Jason Gonzalez: Suspended 30 days
As always, fighters not mentioned received the minimum 7-day suspension, and will be eligible to compete again on February 4th.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/1/2017.