UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia main card results

Singapore Holm

Bethe Correia stepped back and called Holly Holm forward, asking her to engage. The former women’s bantamweight champion obliged and promptly ended the fight, landing a clean “question mark” kick that sent Correia crashing to the canvas and closed out Saturday’s UFC Fight Night event in Singapore in stunning fashion.

The first two rounds were marked by hesitation as neither women wanted to press forward into danger – a pair of counter-strikers unsure about leading the dance. At one point late n the second round, referee Marc Goddard called time and spoke to Holm and Correia in the center of the Octagon, acknowledging their shared game plans, but imploring them to pick up the pace and engage more.

A minute into the middle frame, it was Correia asking Holm to bring the action, dropping her hands and motioning for the Team Jackson-Wink standout to engage and Holm responded with a perfectly timed, perfectly placed kick that brought the bout – and her three-fight losing streak – to a sudden halt.

“What I wanted to do was make it look as clean as I could,” Holm told Dan Hardy following the official decision. “That was the goal, that was the plan – to bait her into something,”

“My brothers and I used to say, ‘shin on face; shin on face,’ so this is for you brothers,” she added while watching the replay, dedicating her performance and victory to her coaches, family and friends.

Thrust into the spotlight after dethroning Ronda Rousey at UFC 193, Holm had come away on the wrong side of the results since that memorable evening in Melbourne, Australia in November 2015.

She dropped the women’s bantamweight title to Miesha Tate in her first title defense, getting choked out in the closing stages of the fifth round while ahead on the scorecards. Four months later, Valentina Shevchenko was able to out-strike the former champion on FOX, putting the women who hadn’t tasted defeat inside the Octagon at the start of the year on a two-fight losing streak.

When she returned in February to face Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight title at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, Holm came up just short, losing a unanimous decision to the Dutch kickboxer in a close, controversial fight.

“It’s been a year and a half since I was able to do a backflip in here,” said Holm of her customary celebration, which she nailed with the assistance of long-time coach Mike Winkeljohn. “I just feel so blessed.”

With the victory – which officially came at 1:09 of the third round – Holm’s losing streak is a thing of the past and the former champion re-enters the title picture heading into the second half of 2017.

Singapore Tybura

TYBURA vs. ARLOVSKI

Marcin Tybura caught a kick from Andrei Arlovski in the early stages of the first round of their heavyweight clash and used it to dump the former champion to the canvas. For the next four minutes, the Polish upstart dominated the action on the mat, transitioning to mount and marking up Arlovski’s visage with a solid, steady diet of ground and pound.

But in the final 15 seconds of the frame, Arlovski made it back to his feet and pressed forward behind heavy, urgent punches that seemed to shift the momentum into his favor heading into the middle stanza of Saturday’s co-main event.

After the explosive burst to end the first, the pace slowed in the second, with Arlovski leading the dance and turning the bout into a grind, pinning Tybura against the fence for long stretches, with neither fighter able to land anything of substance during the round.

Knowing the third round would likely determine who would emerge victorious, Tybura pursued a takedown early and eventually found success, putting Arlovski on his back and successfully controlling “The Pit Bull” for the remainder of the frame. Each time Arlovski looked to buck and roll, his Polish counterpart went with him, keeping him pinned to the canvas until the final horn sounded.

“He was one of my biggest idols in the sport,” Tybura said of Arlovski when speaking with Dan Hardy after picking up the unanimous decision win with scores of 29-28, 28-27 and 29-27. “I think I could have finished it in the first round; I have him on the ground and put so much into finish. The second round wasn’t so good, but hopefully in the third, I came back.”

The victory is the third straight inside the Octagon for Tybura, who entered the contest ranked No. 13 in the heavyweight division, but should find himself in a higher position once the rankings update early next week.

KIM VS. COVINGTON

Colby Covington has claimed that he’s the best grappler in the welterweight division and while there is still some work to be done in order to make that official, “Chaos” took another step towards that goal in Singapore, grinding out his biggest win to date against Dong Hyun Kim.

The 29-year-old American Top Team representative spent the majority of the three-round affair stuck to Kim like Velcro, chaining together takedown attempts and refusing to break his grip even when the South Korean “Stun Gun” tried to return to his feet and break into space. Whenever Kim found space, there was Covington, back in on his hips, putting him back on the canvas.

Though far from the most thrilling encounter of the evening, this was a breakthrough performance for Covington nonetheless, as the boisterous former JUCO and Division I All-American dominated the seventh-ranked Kim from start to finish, collecting scores of 30-25, 30-26 and 30-27 to earn his fourth straight victory.

SAFFIEDINE VS. DOS ANJOS

Former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos announced himself as a player in the welterweight division with a unanimous decision victory over former Strikeforce kingpin Tarec Saffiedine in Saturday’s main card opener.

The Brazilian didn’t look out of place in his first appearance in his new division, showing the same strength and strong work in the clinch that was a trademark of his days fighting in the 155-pound weight class. His forward pressure prevented Saffiedine from really finding a rhythm and his constant body work took some of the steam out of the perennial contender’s punches as the fight wore on.

While he didn’t exhibit the speed advantage many anticipated he would have in this contest, Saturday’s fight was a solid effort against a durable, experienced opponent and establishes a strong baseline for dos Anjos as he looks to replicate his lightweight success in his new division.

Dos Anjos moves to 26-9 overall and picks up his 14th career victory inside the Octagon by knocking off the No. 11 ranked fighter in the welterweight ranks. Saffiedine has now lost three straight and falls to 2-4 under the UFC banner.

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Article Source: au.ufc.com By E. Spencer Kyte