UFC Denver Live Results
On Nov. 12, 1993, Royce Gracie won an eight-man, no-holds-barred combat tournament — held in Denver, Colorado — with his family’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and everything about fighting and martial arts was changed.
Now, 25 years later, the UFC holds a Fight Night event at Denver’s Pepsi Center to commemorate 25 years since the mixed martial arts promotion’s inception.
In the main event of the evening, fan favorite “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung makes his return to the Octagon for the first time since February 2017. He’ll take on the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America Yair Rodriguez, who competes in his first fight since May 2017.
The event was originally scheduled to be headlined be Jung and former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, but Edgar pulled out due to injury a couple of weeks ago.
Jung is one of the only fighters in UFC history to have earned every performance bonus possible. Popular due to his ability to walk through his opponent’s attacks, Jung has pulled off his fair share of amazing fights and finishes.
Joining the UFC following the WEC merger, Jung pulled off a rare twister submission on Leonard Garcia, a seven-second knockout of Mark Hominick and a victory over Dustin Poirier that earned Submission of the Night honors, as well as Fight of the Night and even Fight of the Year honors in 2012. A little over a year later, Jung challenged Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Title but came up short. After a two-year military service, Jung returned in February 2017, defeating Dennis Bermudez via first-round knockout.
After starting 4-1 as a professional, Rodriguez claimed the TUF Latin America title with a win over Leonardo Morales at UFC 180. Rodriguez then won five in a row, which included two Performance of the Night honors and Fight of the Night winners, with his most significant being a January 2017 win over the legendary B.J. Penn. However, his streak was snapped in his most recent fight, losing to Frankie Edgar back at UFC 211 due to doctor’s stoppage.
After disagreements with management caused him to be released for three weeks, Rodriguez has since settled his differences with UFC brass.
In the co-main event, fan favorites and former teammates Donald Cerrone and Mike Perry duke it out.
After moving up to welterweight in the start of 2016 and winning all four of his fights that year, Cerrone has struggled since 2017, losing four of five, including losses to Robbie Lawler, Darren Till and, most recently, Leon Edwards. His sole victory in his last five fights came back in February with a win over Yancy Medeiros.
Joining the UFC back in 2016 with a 7-0 record, Perry has gone 5-3 in the Octagon. Perry earned back-to-back performance bonuses in 2017 with wins over Jake Ellenberger and Alex Reyes before losing two straight to Santiago Ponzinibbio and Max Griffin. In Perry’s most recent fight, he scored a split-decision win over Paul Felder in an entertaining bout back at UFC 226 in July.
UFC Denver Main Card Results:
Featherweight: Yair Rodriguez def. Chan Sung Jung via KO (Rd. 5, 4:59)
Welterweight: Donald Cerrone def. Mike Perry via submission (armbar) (Rd. 1, 4:46)
Women’s Bantamweight: Germaine de Randamie def. *Raquel Pennington via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight: Beneil Dariush def. Thiago Moises via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)
Women’s Strawweight: Maycee Barber def. Hannah Cifers via TKO (Rd. 2, 2:01)
Lightweight: Mike Trizano def. Luis Pena via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
UFC Denver Preliminary Card Results:
Women’s strawweight: Ashley Yoder def. Amanda Cooper via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Featherweight: Bobby Moffett def. Chas Skelly via TKO (technical submission, D’Arce choke) (Rd. 2, 2:43)
Lightweight: Davi Ramos def. John Gunther via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 1, 1:57)
Lightweight: Devonte Smith def. Julian Erosa via KO (Rd. 1, 0:46)
UFC Denver Early Prelims Card Results:
Flyweight: Eric Shelton def. Joseph Morales via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 30-27)
Bantamweight: Mark de la Rosa def. Joby Sanchez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
* Pennington missed weight; fined 20% of her fight purse