UFC Fight Night: Dern vs Hill, May 20, 2023

UFC Fight Night: Dern vs Hill, also called UFC Vegas 73 event or UFC Fight Night 224, is set to take place on May 20, 2023, at UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas, NV.

Event Info

  • Date: May 20, 2023
  • Start Time: Prelims 4 pm ET, Main Card 7 pm ET
  • Location: UFC Apex Arena, Paradise, NV, US
  • Desk Analysts: TBA
  • Ring Announcer: Joe Martinez
  • Commentator: Brendan Fitzgerald, Michael Bisping & Paul Felder Din Thomas (coach analyst)
  • Roving Reporter: Megan Olivi



Main Event: McKenzie Dern vs Angela Hill

  • Result: Mackenzie Dern won via unanimous decision (49-43, 49-44, 49-44)
  • Records: McKenzie Dern(12-3), Angelo Hill(15-12)
  • Division/title: Women’s Strawweight
  • Referee: Jason Herzog
  • Weight: Mackenzie Dern (115 lbs), Angela Hill (114.5 lbs)

Co-Main Event: Edmen Shahbazyan vs Anthony Hernandez

  • Result: Anthony Hernandez won via TKO at 1:01 of round 3
  • Records: Edmen Shahbazyan (12-3-0), Anthony Hernandez (10-2-0)
  • Division/title: Middleweight
  • Referee: Herb Dean
  • Weight: Edmen Shahbazyan (185.5 lbs), Anthony Hernandez (186 lbs)
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Emily Ducote vs Loopy Godinez

  • Result: Lupita Godinez won via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Records: Emily Ducote (12-7-0), Loopy Godinez(9-3-0)
  • Division/title: 120 lbs Catchweight
  • Referee: Chris Tognoni
  • Weight: Emily Ducote (119.5 lbs), Lupita Godinez (119.5 lbs)

Andre Fialho vs Joaquin Buckley

  • Result: Joaquin Buckley won via KO at 2:15 of round 2
  • Records: Andre Fialho (16-6-0), Joaquin Buckley (15-6-0)
  • Division/title: Welterweight
  • Referee: Kerry Hatley
  • Weight: André Fialho (169.5 lbs), Joaquin Buckley (170.5 lbs)

Diego Ferreira vs Michael Johnson

  • Result: Carlos Diego Ferreira won via KO at 1:50 of round 2
  • Records: Diego Ferreira (17-5-0), Michael Johnson (22-18-0)
  • Division/title: Lightweight
  • Referee: Herb Dean
  • Weight: Carlos Diego Ferreira (154.5 lbs), Michael Johnson (155 lbs)


Maheshate vs Viacheslav Borshchev

  • Result: Viacheslav Borschev won via TKO at 2:37 of round 2
  • Records: Maheshate (9-2-0), Viacheslav Borshchev (6-3-0)
  • Division/title: Lightweight
  • Referee: Jason Herzog
  • Weight: Hayisaer Maheshate (155.5 lbs), Viacheslav Borschev (154.5lbs)
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Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs Vanessa Demopoulos

  • Result: Karolina Kowalkiewicz won via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Records: Karolina Kowalkiewicz (14-7-0), Vanessa Demopoulos (9-4-0)
  • Division/title: 117.5 lbs Catchweight
  • Referee: Chris Tognoni
  • Weight: Karolina Kowalkiewicz (115.5 lbs), Vanessa Demopoulos (117.5 lbs)

Orion Cosce vs Gilbert Urbina

  • Result: Gilbert Urbina won via TKO at 2:55 of round 2
  • Records: Orion Cosce (8-1-0), Gilbert Urbina (6-3-0)
  • Division/title: 172.5 lbs Catchweight
  • Referee: Kerry Hatley
  • Weight: Orion Cosce (172.5 lbs), Gilbert Urbina (170 lbs)

Ilir Latifi vs Rodrigo Nascimento

  • Result: Rodrigo Nascimento won via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Records: Ilir Latifi (17-8-0), Rodrigo Nascimento (9-1-0)
  • Division/title: Heavyweight
  • Referee: Herb Dean
  • Weight: Ilir Latifi (249.5 lbs), Rodrigo Nascimento (264.5lbs)
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Chase Hooper vs Nick Fiore

  • Result: Chase Hooper won via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Records: Chase Hooper (11-3-1), Nick Fiore (6-1-0)
  • Division/title: Lightweight
  • Referee: Jason Herzog
  • Weight: Chase Hooper (156 lbs), Nick Fiore (154 lbs)

Natalia Silva vs Victoria Leonardo

  • Result: Natalia Silva won via TKO at 2:58 of round 1
  • Records: Natalia Silva (14-5-1), Victoria Leonardo (9-5-0)
  • Division/title: Women’s Flyweight
  • Referee: Kerry Hatley
  • Weight: Natália Silva (124.5 lbs), Victoria Leonardo (124.5lbs)

Takashi Sato vs Themba Gorimbo

  • Result: Themba Gorimbo won via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Records: Takashi Sato (16-6-0), Themba Gorimbo (10-4-0)
  • Division/title: Welterweight
  • Referee: Chris Tognoni
  • Weight: Takashi Sato (170.5 lbs), Themba Gorimbo (170 lbs)


This is the 73rd event to take place at UFC’s own Apex Center in Las Vegas, NV, and hence, it was named as UFC Vegas 73.

A rematch between Irene Aldana and Raquel Pennington was announced as the main event. However, Aldana was moved to replace Julianna Pena in the bantamweight championship bout against Amanda Nunes at UFC 289 PPV. Pennington was also removed from this event as she is now serving as the backup to Nunes vs Aldana fight.

McKenzie Dern vs Angeli Hill women’s strawweight bout was scheduled for UFC Charlotte event on May 13. The bout was later shifted to this event to serve as the headliner.

Clayton Carpenter and Stephen Erceg were earlier scheduled to face each other in Dana White Contender Series 2022 season, but the bout was scrapped with unknown reason. Erceg would now make his UFC debut against Carpenter at this event.

Canceled or Postponed Bouts

  • Irene Aldana vs Raquel Pennington (Aldana moved to UFC 289)
  • Polyana Viana vs Emily Ducote (Viana out due to unknown reason)
  • Stephen Erceg vs Clayton Carpenter (postponed due to unknown reason)
  • Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Brunno Ferreira


  • Fight of the Night: Mackenzie Dern vs Angela Hill
  • Performance of the Night: Carlos Diego Ferreira and Viacheslav Borschev

All 4 fighters received $50,000 in performance bonuses.

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