The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Mexico City, Mexico this weekend with UFC on ESPN+ 17. The event which takes place at Mexico City Arena is headlined by a featherweight tilt between power-punching knockout artist Jeremy Stephens and Mexico’s own Yair Rodriguez.
In the night’s co-main event, former UFC strawweight champion and Ultimate Fighter Season 20 winner Carla Esparza meets Alexa Grasso on enemy turf.
Undefeated Askar Askarov will make his UFC debut when he takes on “The Assassin Baby” Brandon Moreno.
Also, Brazilian Vanessa Melo will make her UFC debut against Mexico’s Irene Aldana. Melo missed weight yesterday, coming in four pounds over the limit and was fined 30 percent of her fight purse.
The 12-fight event kicks off with seven preliminary-card bouts streaming live on ESPN+ at 5 p.m. ET. The five-fight main card follows at 8 p.m. ET, also on ESPN+. Get a FREE 7-day trial here.
UFC Mexico City results below:
ESPN+ Main Card
Yair Rodriguez vs. Jeremy Stephens ruled a no-contest (eye-poke)
Carla Esparza defeated Alexa Grasso via majority decision
Brandon Moreno vs. Askar Askarov ruled a split draw (28-28, 29-28 Askarov, 30-27 Moreno)
Irene Aldana defeated Vanessa Melo via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Steven Peterson defeated Martin Bravo via KO – Round 2, 1:31
ESPN+ Preliminary Card
Jose Quinonez defeated Carlos Huachin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kyle Nelson defeated Marco Polo Reyes via KO – Round 1, 1:36
Angela Hill defeated Ariane Carnelossi via TKO (cut) – Round 3, 1:56
Sergio Pettis defeated Tyson Nam via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Paul Craig defated Vinicius Moreira via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:19
Bethe Correia defeated Sijara Eubanks via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Claudio Puelles defeated Marcos Mariano via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25)