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UFC Singapore Recap: Holm Knocks Out Correia by Highkick

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The UFC was in Singapore, airing fights on Fight Pass in the early morning hours. The fights started at 4:45 AM in the east coast.

In the main event of the evening, former bantamweight champion, Holly Holm squared off against former title challenger, Bethe Correia. Holm entered the contest off a three-fight losing streak.

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The first two rounds of the fight were very slow. Holm stayed on the outside pump punching from out of range and throwing the occasional sidekick to Correia’s midsection. Correia attempted to counter by trying to time a right hand but mostly hit the air. The two women refused to engage which caused referee Marc Goddard to stop the contest and warn both fighters about inactivity.

The third round was also off to a slow start until Correia started to taunt Holm trying to get Holm to engage. She waived Holm in telling her to bring the action. Holm obliged the Brazilian fighter by landing a highkick to Correia’s head, putting Correia out. Holly Holm knocks out Bethe Correia at 1:09 on the third round.

Before their fight, Marcin Tybura said he looked up to Andrei Arlovski. Tybura didn’t treat him with the same respect during the fight. In the opening round, Tybura was able to catch a kick from Arlovski and take the former UFC heavyweight champion down. He would quickly move to mount and unloaded a huge barrage of punches and hammerfists to Arlovski, almost finishing Arlovski. The Pitbull was able to survive the round and won the second round mostly controlling in the clinch. With the fight still in reach heading into the third round, Tybura was able to secure a takedown and the fight with control from on top. Marcin Tybura beats Andrei Arlovski by unanimous decision (29-28, 28-27, 29-27).

Colby Covington picked up the biggest win of his career when he defeated Dong Hyun Kim. Covington dominated the Japanese fighter for most of the contest. He was able to show that his wrestling was superior to Kim’s judo. Covington was able to takedown Kim eight times over the three rounds and controlled from on top for most of the contest. Colby Covington beats Dong Hyun Kim by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27).

The main portion of the card saw former lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos face off against former Strikeforce champion, Tarec Saffiedine. dos Anjos moved up to welterweight because he lost his last two fights at lightweight. The Brazilian fighter was able to pressure Saffiedine for most of the fight. He landed several hard kicks to the body, and did some nice clinch work. Rafael dos Anjos beats Tarec Saffiedine by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

Prelim Results:

  • Jon Tuck over Takanori Gomi by 1st round submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:12
  • Walt Harris over Cyril Asker by 1st round TKO (Ground and Pound) at 1:44
  • Alex Caceres over Rolando Dy by 2 round TKO (Doctor Stoppage due to Dy right eye injury) at 5:00
  • Ulka Sasaki over Justin Scoggins by 2nd round submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:19
  • Li Jingliang over Frank Camacho by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-27)
  • Russell Doane over Kwan Ho Kwak by 1st round KO at 4:09
  • Naoki Inoue over Carls John de Tomas by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
  • Lucie Pudilova over Ji Yeon Kim by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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