Pena pushed forward throughout the fight and looked for the clinch and or takedown. In round two, the TUF 18 winner took Shevchenko to the floor, but the latter eventually slapped on a fight ending, armbar. After the bout, Nunes faced off with Shevchenko in the Octagon. The two battled before last March, and Nunes won the bout via decision.
Jorge Masvidal scored an impressive and massive win in the co-main event, as he took out Donald Cerrone with punches in round two. Cerrone had won four straight fights at welterweight heading into the fight.
Here are the results for UFC on FOX 23, which went down in Denver.
Valentina Shevchenko def. Julianna Pena via submission (armbar) R2, 4:29
Jorge Masvidal def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) R2, 1:00
Francis Ngannou def. Andrei Arlovski via TKO (punches) R1, 1:32
Jason Knight def. Alex Caceres via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 4:21
Sam Alvey def. Nate Marquardt via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Raphael Assuncao def. Aljamain Sterling via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Li Jingliang def. Bobby Nash via KO (punches) R2, 4:45
Jordan Johnson def. Luis Henrique da Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Eric Spicely def. Alessio Di Chirico via submission (triangle-choke) R1, 2:14
Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Jeremy Kimball via TKO (punches) R1, 2:27
Alexandre Pantoja def. Eric Shelton via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jason Gonzalez def. J.C. Cottrell via submission (D’Arce choke) R1, 3:54