Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (@AndreiArlovski) was looking to get back into the mix of the division with a win over surging Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou), but things didn’t go his way. A minute and a half into the first round, Ngannou put Arlovski down with a left punch over the top followed by a right hand. He added some ground and pound to secure the victory. The loss is Arlovski’s fourth in a row, while Ngannou has now won his last nine fights.
In the first televised Fox fight of the night Jason Knight (@Jasonthekid23) won his third consecutive bout with a submission of Alex Caceres (@BruceLeeroyGlow). After a close first round, Knight was able to take Caceres’s back near the end and threatened with the choke. He picked up where he left of in the second and eventually was able to sink in the choke for the tap.
UFC on Fox 23 Results:
Valentina Shevchenko def. Julianna Pena via Submission (Armbar) at 4:29 of Rd. 2
Jorge Masvidal def. Donald Cerrone via (T)KO at 1:00 of Rd. 2
Francis Ngannou def. Andrei Arlovsk via (T)KO at 1:32 of Rd. 1
Brian Knight def. Alex Caceres via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:21 of Rd. 2
Sam Alvey def. Nate Marquardt via Unanimous Decision
Raphael Assuncao def. Aljamain Sterling via Split Decision
Jingliang Li def. Bobby Nash via KO (Punches) at 4:45 of Rd. 2
Jordan Johnson def. Luis Henrique da Silva via Unanimous Decision
Eric Spicely def. Alessio Di Chirico via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:14 of Rd. 1
Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Jeremy Kimball via TKO (Punches) at 2:27 of Rd. 1
Alexandre Pantoja def. Eric Shelton via Split Decision
Jason Gonzalez def. J.C. Cottrell via Submission (Brabo Choke) at 3:54 of Rd. 1