UFC on FOX 23 took place last night (Jan. 28, 2017) from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado and it ended up producing an exciting night of fights.
The main event featured a pivotal bantamweight bout between Valentina Shevchenko and Julianna Pena, while the co-main event played host to a welterweight bout between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Jorge Masvidal.
Earlier this week, I wrote on how I expected this card to hold major implications, and it certainly exceeded expectations.
Let’s take a look at the five biggest takeaways from UFC on FOX 23:
Andrei Arlovski Should Consider Retirement
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei “Pitbull” Arlovski experienced a resurgence during 2014 and 2015, but he has since lost four straight with all four losses coming by way of stoppage.
During 2016, Arlovski was stopped via strikes by Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem, and submitted by Josh Barnett. His downward spiral unfortunately continued last night, as he was knocked out by Francis Ngannou in the first round of their main card bout.
At age 37, it’s clear that the former champion’s best days are behind him, and he’s taken a tremendous amount of damage during his career. The “Pitbull” has had trouble succeeding against the division’s elite in recent memory, and it may be time for him to consider retirement to avoid suffering more unecessary damage.