Holly Holm reentered the winning books tonight, scoring a highlight reel head kick knockout of Bethe Correira in the main event of UFC Singapore.
In what was a very uneventful contest during the early rounds, Holly Holm was brought her trademark patient fighting style to the UFC cage. But in a surprising twist, Bethe Correira appeared to bring a patient fighting style to the cage as well. This resulted in both women cancelling each other out for the majority of Rounds 1 and 2.
The crowd was not thrilled with the lack of action, and boos proceeded to ring around the Singapore Indoor Stadium as a result. The lack of action ultimately forced referee Mark Goddard to have a word with both women, encouraging them to press the action.
In Round 3, Bethe Correira began taunting her opponent, trying to bait Holm into a brawl. With her opponent mid way through an attempted taunt, Holly Holm connected with a picture perfect head kick. Sending her opponent to the canvas, leading to a Round 3 knockout victory.
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It was shades of UFC 193 for Holly Holm. As she entered the winning books with another trademark head kick knockout.
In the Co-Main Event of the evening, Marcin Tybura grounded out a tough decision victory over longtime UFC Veteran and former Heavyweight Champion, Andrei Arlovski.
In a dominant Round 1, Tybura quickly took his opponent to the ground. Where he found himself in a dominant mount position for the majority of the round.
Arlovski would showcase good head movement from the bottom mount position. Minimising damage sustained in what is often seen as a fight ending position in the Heavyweight division. When Arlovski managed to get back to his feet at the end of round 1, he found great success in striking. Putting Tybura in an uncomfortable position at the end of the round.
Both men came out looking extremely tired in Rounds 2 and 3. Both men clearly feeling the effects of the gruelling ground battle. Arlovski managed to steal the second round, but it was the younger heavyweight in Tybura who ultimately managed to grind out the deciding third round. Scoring a decision victory and claiming his biggest scalp to date.
Prior to the Co-Main Event, rising Welterweight prospect Colby Covington took on the established South Korean product, Dong Hyun Kim.
It was a textbook Colby Covington victory, as the tough American wrestled his way to his biggest career win. Scoring a unanimous decision win over Number 7 ranked Dong Hyun Kim.
Covington showed a steadily improving striking arsenal, out striking the tough Korean for the most part, and rocking Kim on numerous occasions.
It was a solid win for the unranked Covington, who should certainly see himself in the UFC Welterweight rankings after tonight.
The Singapore Main Card opened up with the Welterweight debut of former UFC Lightweight Champion, Raphael Dos Anjos, who took on tough contender and former Strikeforce Champion, Tarec Saffiedine. It was a successful Welterweight debut for Dos Anjos, who passed every test with flying colours. Scoring an impressive decision victory and showing that he is a name to be remembered at 170lbs.
The UFC Singapore Preliminary card featured a wealth of local Asian talent. Most notably, Ulka Sasaki who scored an impressive submission victory over Justin Scoggins.
Guam’s John Tuck scored an impressive victory over UFC and Pride legend, Takanori Gomi. Sinking a Rear Naked Choke early into the contest.
Check out the full card results below:
Bantamweight Main Event: Holly Holm def. Bethe Correira via KO (Head Kick: Round 3)
Heavyweight Co-Main Event: Marcin Tybura def. Andrei Arlovski via Unanimous Decision. (29-28, 28-27, 29-27)
Welterweight: Colby Covington def. Dong Hyun Kim via Unanimous Decision. (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)
Welterweight: Rafael dos Anjos def. Tarec Saffiedine via Unanimous Decision. (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Lightweight: Jon Tuck def. Takanori Gomi via Submission. (Rear Naked Choke: Round 1)
Heavyweight: Walt Harris def. Cyril Asker via TKO (Punches: Round 1)
Featherweight: Alex Caceres def. Rolando Dy via TKO (Doctors Stoppage: Round 2)
Welterweight: Li Jingliang def. Frank Camacho via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 28-27, 29-27)
Bantamweight: Russell Doane def. Kwan Ho Kwak via KO (Punches: Round 1)
Catchweight (131 lbs): Naoki Inoue def. Carls John de Tomas via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Women’s Bantamweight Lucie Pudilová def. Ji Yeon Kim via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
It was a fun night of fights in Singapore.