UFC Denver: Shevchenko vs. Pena Post-Fight Press Conference Replay

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UFC president Dana White and the big winners from the UFC Denver fight card fielded questions from the media following the event at the Pepsi Center. Hear what they had to say.

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Jason Knight Taps Out Alex Caceres (UFC Denver Highlights)

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Check out Jason Knight’s rear-naked choke submission of Alex Caceres at UFC on FOX 23: Shevchenko vs. Pena in Denver.

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Watch Francis Ngannou Finish Andrei Arlovski (UFC Denver Highlights)

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Check out Francis Ngannou’s quick finish of former champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC on FOX 23: Shevchenko vs. Pena in Denver.

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Jorge Masvidal Stops Donald Cerrone with Punches (UFC Denver Highlights)

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Watch Jorge Masvidal’s second-round finish of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC on FOX 23: Shevchenko vs. Pena in Denver.

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Valentina Shevchenko Submits Juliana Pena (UFC Denver Highlights)

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Check out Valentina Shevchenko submit Julianna Pena by armbar at UFC on FOX 23: Shevchenko vs. Pena in Denver.

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UFC on Fox 23: Gate and Attendance Numbers from Denver

UFC president Dana White announced the attendance numbers and gate figures stemming from UFC on Fox 23: Shevchenko vs. Pena during the event’s post-fight press conference in Denver on Saturday.

13,233 spectators attended the event at the Pepsi Center generating gate receipts totally  $1,020,434. 

Those in attendance witnessed Valentina Shevchenko earn a rematch with women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes by submitting Julianna Pena in the fight card’s main event.  Shevchenko locked on an armbar late in the second frame that force The Ultimate Fighter 18 winner to tap out. 

Following the fight, Nunes entered the Octagon.  Shevchanko promised to take the belt with her in the rematch while Nunes proclaimed that isn’t going to a happen. 

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In the co-main event, Jorge Masvidal took out Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in welterweight action.  He halted Cerrone’s recent run in the 170-pound division in the second round after knocking Cerrone down twice in the fight.  Masvidal emerged as a contender in the division and bet White $200,000 that he couldn’t fine an opponent to defeat him. 

Heavyweight phenom Francis Ngannou extended his unbeaten streak to nine consecutive fights by knocking out former champion Andrei Arlovski in main card action.  Arlvoski moved in and missed with a right hook early in the opening frame and Ngannou countered with a right uppercut that sent Arlovski crashing to the canvas. 

The event was the first UFC fight card televised on FOX in 2017.  

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Jorge Masvidal: ‘I Looked Right Into His Soul and He Wasn’t There’ (UFC on FOX 23)

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There were many questions about whether or not Herb Dean backtracked on stopping the Jorge Masvidal vs. Donald Cerrone fight at the last second in the first round. Masvidal said there was no question about it. He stared into Cerrone’s soul and “he wasn’t there.”

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Valentina Shevchenko: ‘I Am a Master’ (UFC on FOX 23)

With her win over Julianna Pena at UFC on FOX 23 in Denver, Valentina Shevchenko earned her shot at UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.

Shevchenko isn’t lacking for confidence, even though she has lost to Nunes in the past.

“I am a master,” she said after defeating Pena.

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Dana White Says Conor McGregor Butting Heads with UFC Would Be an Epic Fall

UFC President Dana White on Saturday continued his stand in saying that a fight between UFC star Conor McGregor and boxing star Floyd Mayweather Jr. is unlikely to ever become a reality. 

White, speaking to reporters at the UFC on FOX 23 press conference in Denver, likened the chances of the fight happening to those of him dressing up for the Super Bowl as a member of the NFL’s New England Patriots.

“Here’s what I think the chances are: about the same as me being the backup quarterback for (Tom) Brady on Sunday,” White said.

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Conor McGregor vs Floyd MayweatherEarlier in the day, McGregor hosted a question-and-answer session in Manchester, England. During the 60-minute interview, which was streamed online via pay-per-view, the UFC champion said he fully intends on his next fight being against Mayweather. For the UFC fighter, the next fight will not be in the Octagon, but rather a boxing ring, and the opponent will be “Money.”

“I believe the next time I step into a combat arena will be through the ropes wearing 10-ounce or eight-ounce gloves,” McGregor said.

White laughed at the notion that McGregor’s next bout will be anywhere but inside the UFC’s cage. He added that he always has shown McGregor respect, but dismissed the fighter’s statements, referring to his words as mere selling points for the fighter’s PPV interview.

“When you’re about to go on and do a pay-per-view that you’re charging people $5 to listen to you talk, I’m sure you gotta say some pretty crazy (expletive),” White said.

Two weeks ago, the UFC boss made a public offer on FOX Sports 1 to Mayweather for $25 million and a pay-per-view cut to be determined later if the boxer truly wanted to fight McGregor. Mayweather responded by dismissing White’s offer, referring to previous purses when he made far more than the MMA promoter’s offer. White on Saturday said it was a real offer, but added that there has been no further communication involving him, the UFC, Mayweather and McGregor regarding the fight. 

White went on to warn that if McGregor wanted to push for the fight to happen without an agreement from him and the UFC, things would not end well for MMA’s most popular fighter.

“If he wants to go down that road with us,” White said, “it will be an epic fall.”

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Will Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Happen? ‘Absolutely,’ Says Boxing Great

Conor McGregor said during a 60-minute pay-view-view interview on Saturday that his next fight will be a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. While the fight still faces several hurdles, including McGregor’s exclusivity with the UFC, Mayweather responded with a very confident “absolutely” when asked by Jim Gray later in the evening on Showtime if the fight will happen.

“Can we make this fight happen? Absolutely,” Mayweather said. “That’s what everyone wants to see and of course Showtime is the biggest and the best in the business so hopefully a Showtime pay-per-view, we can make it happen.”

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You can catch the interview between Mayweather and Gray below. To the footage!

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