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UFC on FOX 23: Cerrone back in the saddle against Masvidal

Fresh off last week’s UFC 206 victory, No.5 welterweight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone  (32-7-0) is back in for January with a bout at Denver’s UFC on FOX 23 card against fellow vet Jorge Masvidal (31-11-0).

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Masvidal memorably defeated Jake Ellenberger at the TUF 24 Finale when Ellenberger got his foot wedged in the octagon.

Also, streaking heavyweight No.12 Francis Ngannou (9-1-0), fresh off a big win over Anthony Hamilton at UFC Albany last week, gets his biggest test yet in former heavyweight champion No.8 Andrei Arlovski. (25-13-0).

Arlovski needs a win badly, as he has lost three straight fights, albeit to the top contenders, but all finishes.

And in women’s bantamweight main event action, Julianna Pena (8-2-0) takes on Valentina Shevchenko (13-2-0).

Pena earned a decision win over Cat Zingano at UFC 200 in the summer and has a 4-fight win streak going.  “Bullet” suprisingly defeated Holly Holm at UFC on FOX 20 earlier this summer.

UFC on FOX 23 takes place Jan. 28 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

The current card is as follows.

Valentina Shevchenko vs Julianna Pena

Donald Cerrone vs Jorge Masvidal

Hector Lombard vs Brad Tavares

J.C. Cottrell vs Jason Gonzalez

Francis Ngannou vs Andrei Arlovski

Raphael Assuncao vs Aljamain Sterling

Alexandre Pantoja vs Eric Shelton


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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