Injury scraps planned UFC bout between Bethe Correia and Irene Aldana

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A potential UFC women’s bantamweight bout has been scrapped due to an injury.

Former title challenger Bethe Correia (10-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) today announced a planned – but not formally announced – bout with Irene Aldana (7-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) targeted for January has been canceled after she suffered an injury.

Correia posted a picture in a hospital gown and a taped-up left eye (via Twitter and Instagram):

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According to Correia, who’s an honorable mention in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, unranked Aldana had agreed to the fight before the injury. Details of the injury, which required surgery, weren’t disclosed:

“In the first place I want to thank you @irene.aldanafor agreeing to fight with me in January. She was very excited to go to war with a Mexican woman. Unfortunately, I had an accident, I had to go through an emergency surgery and my return to the most famous octagon in the world will take a few more months. I was so excited to show the world my evolution and what I learned with my experiences in Thailand and in Texas, anyway … I’ll meet you in the first semester of 2018. Injuries are a part of a fighter’s life and it you prepare us for tough battles and for the overcoming of adversity, making us psychologically stronger.
I want to thank Dr. Remo Turchetti for the success of the treatment, making me fit and prepared for the next@ufcbattles

Correia, who now hopes to return in the first quarter of 2018, is likely in a must-win situation. After winning her first three UFC fights, the 34-year-old Brazilian earned a title shot but then suffered a knockout loss to then-champ Ronda Rousey at UFC 190 in 2015. It commenced her current 1-3-1 skid, which included a knockout loss to ex-titleholder Holly Holm in June’s UFC Fight Night 111 headliner.

Aldana, a 29-year-old Mexican fighter, made her UFC debut in December 2016 after a solid run with Invicta FC. However, she’s since suffered decision losses to Leslie Smith (in a “Fight of the Night” performance) and Katlyn Chookagian.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC-Glasgow's 10 memorable moments, including Galore Bofando's crazy throw-KO

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In a month chock full of UFC events, Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 113 show at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, flew a bit under the radar.

One reason for the card’s low profile was that most of the MMA world was focused on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor world tour in the days leading up to the event. Another reason was the broadcast time; the event was an evening show in Scotland, which translated to Sunday afternoon in North America. While that time slot might work in the winter, it’s a risky one during the summer months.

For those who didn’t catch the fights as they happened, I’m sorry to say you missed out.

Seven of the bouts, including a main event in which Santiago Ponzinibbio defied the odds and knocked out the favored Gunnar Nelson in 88 seconds, ended in stoppages.

For more on the UFC’s most recent fight card, check out 10 memorable moments from UFC Fight Night 113.

1. If you didn’t know, now you know

Competing in the first main event of his UFC career, Ponzinibbio delivered. Not only did he pick up an upset win Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2)
also became the first man to stop Nelson (16-3-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC)
inside the distance after delivering a straight left that had “Gunni’s” eyes rolling into the back of his head. Ponzinibbio also claimed his first “Performance of the Night” bonus in nine UFC fights with the first-round knockout.

While the victory might not turn Ponzinibbio into a star – and Nelson’s complaints of an eye-poke have soured a bit of the post-event celebration – it will put the Argentinian fighter on the radar of fight fans who might have been sleeping on him. The win should also earn Ponzinibbio a fight against a top-15 welterweight, and if the UFC needs some suggestions, Ponzinibbio suggested Carlos Condit or Neil Magny.

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2. What’s the next move?

Cynthia Calvillo scored the biggest win of her three-fight UFC career after earning a unanimous-decision win over Joanne Calderwood. The victory came in Calvillo’s third fight of 2017, and now the UFC and the fighter have some things to ponder.

After her submission win over Pearl Gonzalez at UFC 210, UFC President Dana White said he got the same feeling from Calvillo that he did from Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, which seemed to indicate the promotion is going to want to keep her busy and visible. That might be a mistake.

Despite her unbeaten record, Calvillo is still a green pro, and her active schedule has kept her in training camp pretty much since her pro debut in August 2016. Calvillo (6-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) did well against Calderwood (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC), but the UFC might want to provide her with some more gym time to allow her to strengthen her overall MMA game before rushing her into a fight against a top-level strawweight.

3. Location, location, location

The move to Team Roufusport has literally paid off for Paul Felder. Since shifting his training to the Milwaukee gym, Felder has scored two “Performance of the Night” bonus-winning first-round knockouts, including his UFC Fight Night 113 stoppage via elbows on the ground of Stevie Ray.

The victory over Ray (21-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) should raise Felder’s (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) stock to its highest level since he joined the UFC in 2014, and don’t be shocked if he gets his post-fight wish of a place in the lightweight rankings or a fight against a top-15 opponent.

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4. A confident man

There was something different about Khalil Rountree at UFC Fight Night 113. Something that was noticeable as he stood in his corner ahead of his light-heavyweight bout against Paul Craig with a look on his face that seemed to say, “Yeah, let’s get this over with.”

When the fight began, what that something was became evident: It was confidence.

Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) calmly stalked Craig (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) throughout the first stanza, lowering his defenses as his fear of his opponent’s offense dropped. When the end came, it was a short and brutal uppercut that turned out Craig’s lights with seconds to spare before the horn ended the round.

After a rough 0-2 start to his UFC career, Rountree now has two consecutive first-round knockout wins to his name and a lot of momentum to go with his surging confidence.

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5. What he said

Danny Roberts and Bobby Nash were looking to get back in the win column after they both had long winning streaks come to an end in their previous bouts. Roberts (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) had his wish come true after earning a second-round TKO win over Nash (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in their welterweight contest.

Roberts set up the finish with a hard kick to Nash’s body and then delivered a big left that dropped him to the mat. With Nash still flat on his back, Roberts stalked around the cage before shouting, “I’m (expletive) back!” into the cageside camera.

Any confidence Roberts lost following his KO loss to Mike Perry in October seemed to be restored by his first knockout win under the UFC banner.

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6. Heading into an uncertain future

Neil Seery might have finished his MMA career with a submission defeat, but he didn’t leave the octagon with regrets. After the fight, he said he felt it was the right time to wrap up a run that began in 2005.

After tapping to Alexandre Pantoja’s (18-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) via third-round rear-naked choke in their flyweight bout, the 37-year-old Seery (16-13 MMA, 3-4 UFC) spoke about the uncertainty facing him now that he is a former fighter.

“There are a lot of options out there,” he said. “I’ve got a full-time job. I’ve got another kid on the way. I have five kids. I’m just going to have to find something to do. I’ve got a lot of fishing rods up the riverside.

“But I just don’t know. And that’s what scares me. I’ve got to be honest with you – that’s what scares me. When you think it’s all over and it’s done and you’re not going to fight again, it’s very frightening.”

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7. You’ve been Bofando’d

Galore Bofando opened his welterweight contest against Charlie Ward by throwing a lot of flashy kicks, but it was his strength that earned him a knockout win in his UFC debut.

After dealing with two minutes of Bofando (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) dancing around the outside, Ward (3-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) closed the distance and worked his opponent to the fence. With the fighters in the clinch, Ward attempted a trip, and that’s when Bofando used his power to shrug it off and slam him to the mat, knocking him out.

After the memorable KO win, Bofando called out Ward’s teammate.

“There was talk of Artem Lobov before at 155 pounds, which could be an interesting fight,” Bofando said. “I think I (would) beat him.”

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8. Risky business

As far as game plans go, it’s hard to recommend the one David Henry used to secure a victory over Daniel Teymur.

Knowing Teymur (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had never been past the 3:27 mark of the first round, Henry (11-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) wanted to take him into uncharted territory. To accomplish that feat, Henry absorbed 49 strikes in the first five minutes of the fight from Teymur, who entered the lightweight contest with six first-round stoppages on his resume.

The risky plan paid off. Teymur faded as the bout wore on, allowing Henry to find his groove and come close to finishing the fight on several occasions. Henry ultimately settled for a decision victory in his UFC debut.

Henry and Teymur were awarded “Fight of the Night” honors for their exciting prelim bout.

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9. Broken, but unbeaten

Brett Johns put together a solid performance in securing a unanimous-decision win over Albert Morales (7-2-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 113. After the victory, Johns (14-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) revealed he was a “broken” fighter heading into the contest.

“People don’t realize this, but it’s been a 20-week camp,” Johns said. “I trained for London (UFC Fight Night 107 in March), and it didn’t happen. And I didn’t take time off. I went right back into camp. This is my 20th week in camp. Like I said, I’m quite broken at the moment.”

Now 2-0 in the UFC, the former Titan FC and CFFC bantamweight champ plans on taking a break before returning to the octagon in December. Johns hopes to face a fighter near the top 20 when he does fight in his third UFC contest.

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10. Calling her shot

With her TKO win over Amanda Lemos, Leslie Smith has her first two-fight winning streak in the UFC, and she has an idea where she wants that streak to lead: right to a fight vs. Bethe Correia.

Smith (10-7-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) put pressure on Lemos (6-1-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) from the start of the fight, throwing 207 strikes before referee Rich Mitchell waved off the bantamweight bout in the second round. After the win, Smith, bloodied but unbothered, told UFC commentator Dan Hardy about her goals.

“Bethe Correia, you’ve been building up everybody else’s career; now I want to use you to build up mine,” Smith said. “It’s a payday for both of us and a damn good fight for all the fans.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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MMAjunkie's 'Knockout of the Month' for June: The return of a signature move

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best knockouts from June. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Knockout of the Month” award for June.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting on your choice.

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The Nominees

Dominick Reyes def. Jordan Powell at LFA 13

Jordan Powell’s (8-7) timing could not have been any worse. Dominick Reyes’ (7-0), meanwhile, was picture-perfect.

In the first round of their light heavyweight bout, Reyes was on the attack, pelting Powell with punches. Powell mostly fended off the onslaught and in the moment shook his head as if to say, “That was nothing.” Not one second later, Reyes starched Powell with a vicious head kick that instantly made him crash to the canvas just 53 seconds in.

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Dan Hooker def. Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 110

Dan Hooker (14-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) made Ross Pearson (19-14 MMA, 11-11 UFC) wade through dozens of jabs and leg-kicks, and just as “The Real Deal” started getting inside, he met the advance with a fight-ending shot.

Hooker sneaked in a lunging knee straight up the middle that landed square on the chin of the Brit. The blow sent Pearson’s mouthpiece flying, giving Hooker a highlight-reel knockout in the second round of the lightweight affair.

Holly Holm def. Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 111

After a three-fight skid that marked the low point of an otherwise prestigious combat sports career, Holly Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) got back in the win column against Bethe Correia (10-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) courtesy of her signature move.

Holm won for the first time since her memorable knockout of Ronda Rousey in November 2015 when she used the same head kick technique to drop Correia before finishing the women’s bantamweight bout with one additional brutal blow.

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Matt Mitrione def. Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator NYC

Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) and Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) knocked each other down to set up the beginning of the end in their heavyweight fight nearly a year in the making.

Mitrione recovered first, though, and pounced on Emelianenko with a flurry of vicious right hands. The former PRIDE champion went out cold, giving “Meathead” the biggest victory of his career in a mere 74 seconds.

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Tha Pyay Nyo def. Htet Aung Oo at ONE Championship 56

Tha Pyay Nyo (4-0) remained undefeated in MMA competition with his most impressive victory yet, finishing Htet Aung Oo (0-1) with a perfectly placed punch just 16 seconds into their bantamweight fight.

Nyo set his opponent up with the jab, waited a beat for Aung Oo to throw a shot in return, then came over the op with a massive right hand to the chin. Aung Oo crumpled to the canvas immediately and Nyo put the exclamation point on the performance with an extra shot to his downed opponent before the referee stepped in.

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The Winner: Holly Holm

The kick that ex-champ Holm used to knock out Rousey came back with a vengeance, though it took her a while to use it.

Holm’s cautious approach over two rounds suddenly gave way to a head kick that felled onetime title challenger Correia at the 1:09 mark of the third round.

Referee Marc Goddard stepped in to save Correia after Holm followed her concussive kick with a punch to the chops that knocked the Brazilian flat on the canvas.

Just moments earlier, Correia had taunted Holm to engage – and the answer left her unconscious.

The knockout was an emphatic ending to an otherwise tentative fight. After the fighters circled endlessly, drawing a warning for timidity from Goddard in the second, boos showed the crowd’s patience was wearing thin.

Holm, ever the counter-fighter, mostly stayed at range and used her kicks to snipe at Correia, who came into the fight with a height and reach disadvantage. Despite those long limbs, Correia managed to find her way inside, connecting late in the opening frame with a combination that got Holm’s attention. Mostly, though, the fighters danced around the octagon.

Correia apparently got tired of the pace, too. With her taunts, she invited a scrap that might get the audience back on her side. But that turned out to be her undoing, as she walked straight into a kick that put Holm’s shin straight to her face.

It was Holm’s first win in the octagon since she did the same to ex-champion Rousey, upending the MMA world in November 2015 with a shocking upset knockout.

“Amazing,” Holm said of snapping a three-fight skid. “There’s so many things I want to say, but this fight, I know she could make messy, and I heard a lot of boos from the first round. But what I wanted to do was make it look as clean as I could.”

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UFC Fight Night 111 medical suspensions: 4 receive 6-month terms, including Bethe Correia

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UFC Fight Night 111 headliner Bethe Correia is suspended for six months unless cleared by a doctor following a head-kick knockout loss to former bantamweight champion Holly Holm.

According to medical suspensions issued by the UFC, which reported them to official records keeper MixedMartialArts.com, Correia’s post-fight brain scan came up negative for serious injuries, but she needs “dental clearance” and is suspended a minimum of 60 days with 45 days no contact.

The UFC acts as the de-facto athletic commission in jurisdictions where MMA isn’t formally regulated. UFC Fight Night 111 took place this past Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium and streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

All fighters who weren’t issued a longer suspension received a mandatory seven-day rest term. Correia (10-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC), who also took a punch from Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) that leveled her before her bout was called off in the third round, is one of six fighters to receive a six-month term.

Ex-heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC) also is suspended 180 days or until he receives clearance for his left hand, which he may have injured during a losing effort against Marcin Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the event’s co-headliner.

And both Colby Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Dong Hyun Kim (22-4-1 MMA, 13-4 UFC), who opened the main card, received 180-day terms after a hard bout in the welterweight division. Covington needs clearance for his right eye, while Kim needs a maxillofacial or ophthalmological clearance.

The full list of UFC Fight Night 111 medical suspensions include:

  • Holly Holm: suspended 7 days
  • Bethe Correia: suspended 180 days or until she receives “dental clearance,” and suspended a minimum 60 days with 45 days no contact
  • Marcin Tybura: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for a hard bout
  • Andrei Arlovski: suspended 180 days or until X-ray for left hand is clear, and suspended and suspended a minimum 45 days with 30 days no contact for hard bout
  • Colby Covington: suspended 180 days or until right eye cleared by ophthalmologist
  • Dong Hyun Kim: suspended 180 days or until cleared by maxillofacial or ophthalmological examination, and suspended a minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Rafael dos Anjos: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Tarec Saffiedine: a minimum 30 days for hard bout
  • Jon Tuck: suspended 7 days
  • Takanori Gomi: suspended 7 days
  • Walt Harris: suspended 180 days or until X-ray for left hand is clear
  • Cyril Asker: suspended 45 days with 30 days minimum no contact due to TKO
  • Alex Caceres: suspended 7 days
  • Rolando Dy: suspended 30 days with 21 days minimum no contact due to TKO
  • Ulka Sasaki: suspended 30 days with 21 days minimum no contact
  • Justin Scoggins: suspended 45 days for right brow laceration with 30 days minimum no contact
  • Li Jingliang: suspended 180 days or until X-ray for right foot is clear, and suspended 30 days with 21 days minimum no contact
  • Frank Camacho: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for a hard bout
  • Russell Doane: suspended 7 days
  • Kwan Ho Kwak: suspended 45 days with 30 days minimum no contact due to TKO
  • Naoki Inoue: suspended 45 days for head laceration with 30 days minimum no contact
  • Carls John de Tomas: suspended 30 days with 21 days minimum no contact
  • Lucie Pudilova: suspended 30 days with 21 days minimum no contact
  • Ji Yeon Kim: suspended 30 days with 21 days minimum no contact

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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10 memorable moments from UFC-Singapore, where Holly Holm kicked her way back toward the top

Life can change in a flash. That’s the lesson former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm taught Bethe Correia during the main event of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 111.

Early in the third round, Correia tried to goad Holm into closing the distance between them, beckoning Holm to come just a little closer with a wave of her hands. Holm, one of the most patient counter-strikers in the UFC, refused the invitation. Instead, she uncorked a head kick, dropping Correia to the mat and ending the fight in highlight reel fashion.

The win ended Holm’s three-fight losing skid and could open up options for her at bantamweight or featherweight.

UFC Fight Night 111, which streamed in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass, took place at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

Here are 10 memorable moments from the event.

1. Patience pays

Holm wanted to avoid a “messy fight” against Correia. That meant avoiding a slugfest with the Brazilian brawler. Judging by the boos inside the arena and the criticism on social media, fans didn’t appreciate that game plan nor the surprisingly laid-back approach Correia employed. Referee Marc Goddard even got involved, stopping the fight 3:24 into the second round to tell the fighters, “I respect the game plan and what you’re trying to do, but you have to make something happen.”

Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) made something happen in the third stanza, dropping Correia (10-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) to the mat with a shin across the face. Holm then landed a single punch before Goddard rushed in and called the fight. The highlight-reel knockout not only got Holm back in the win column, but earned her a “Performance of the Night” bonus, her first since ending Ronda Rousey’s title reign with a head kick in 2015.

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2. Got that attitude

Fans are going to remember Colby Covington used a smothering wrestling attack to earn a unanimous decision over Dong Hyun Kim, but they should also recall that Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) did open up his striking when the opportunity arose, hurting Kim (22-4-1 MMA, 13-4 UFC) in the second round.

Another thing that will stick with everyone who saw Covington’s post-fight interviews was the confidence, or maybe it was attitude, he displayed in putting the top-ranked welterweights, including champion Tyron Woodley on notice.

“The champion (Tyron Woodley), the No. 1 contender (Demian Maia) – no one has dominated him like that,” Covington said of Kim after his win. “I completely dismantled him. I beat him every second of every round. There’s some good things to take away from it, but I’m still improving and you haven’t seen the best Colby Covington yet.”

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3. One to build on

Former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos made his welterweight debut in Singapore, earning a unanimous decision win over former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine.

No one is going to say the victory will launch dos Anjos directly into the title picture at 170 pounds, but as far as first fights go in a new division, it was a success.

Dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) told MMAjunkie he was nervous before the fight, but his confidence grew when he was able to get to his feet after an early Saffiedine (16-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) takedown. This win, dos Anjos’ first in his last three outings, gives him a good idea of what tweaks he needs to make in his body composition and game plan as he attempts to work his way up the welterweight ranks.

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4. The shed is stocked

Walt Harris delivered. Before his heavyweight bout vs. Cyril Asker, Harris told MMAjunkie he was planning a “dramatic knockout” victory, and he achieved that goal.

Harris (9-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) dropped Asker (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) with a combo early in the first round. Harris then opened up on the ground, finishing things with numerous elbows to Asker’s head. The win was Harris’ second consecutive knockout victory. Unfortunately for Harris, his post-fight pleas for a fight-night bonus went unanswered.

After the fight, Harris, his confidence at an all-time high, told MMAjunkie he has “a lot more tools in the shed.”

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5. Own it

Justin Scoggins was confident his return to flyweight was going to pay dividends. For the first eight minutes of his fight against Ulka Sasaki it looked like he was right. Scoggins (11-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) had his way with Sasaki (20-4-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC) both standing and on the ground, but with two minutes left in the second round Sasaki reversed Scoggins. Once Sasaki was in a dominant position he quickly locked on a body triangle and a rear-naked choke for the submission win.

After the fight, Scoggins owned the loss, posting on Instagram that he failed to implement the game plan his team had laid out for him.

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The defeat drops Scoggins to 2-4 in his last six outings, but at just 25, he has plenty of time to get back on track.

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6. Living up to the hype

The welterweight bout between Li Jingliang and Frank Camacho lived up to its pre-fight buzz, taking home “Fight of the Night” honors.

Camacho, a UFC newcomer, showed the power in his hands, but much like his brief stint on Season 16 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Camacho ran out of gas after the first round. By the end of the bout, Camacho (20-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) turned into a sparring partner/punching bag for Jingliang (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) who took the unanimous decision, outstriking Camacho 79-19 in significant strikes over the final 10 minutes of the bout.

Now that he’s in the UFC, Camacho has a couple of options, the first is to consider dropping to lightweight, the other is spending time on the Airdyne to get his cardio up to UFC standards, but as a striker, Camacho looks like he could be a crowd pleaser.

The win gave Jingliang his second consecutive fight-night bonus and put him on a three-fight winning streak.

7. Hawaii represent

Early this month, Max Holloway and Yancy Medeiros did their best to represent Hawaiian MMA, earning TKO wins at UFC 212. Russell Doane kept that stoppage streak rolling for the “Aloha state,” earning a first-round TKO victory over Kwan Ho Kwak.

Known as a fast starter, Doane was very patient in the early going of this bantamweight contest, but when he found an opening he pounced. Doane (15-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) caught Kwak (9-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) with a head kick, allowing him to close distance and land a knee to the body before pushing Kwak to the cage where he finished the fight with punches at the 4:09 mark of Round 1.

The win, which earned Doane a nod from featherweight champion Holloway, brought an end to Doane’s four-fight losing skid.

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8. Impressive debut

Naoki Inoue celebrated his 20th birthday on Wednesday. On Saturday, he scored his first UFC victory, defeating Carlos John de Tomas by decision in a catchweight contest. The fight was initially booked at flyweight, but de Tomas (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) came in overweight.

Throughout the bout, Inoue (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) kept it flowy on the ground, displaying some nice grappling skills as he racked up five serious submission attempts throughout the three-round battle. He also landed an impressive 151 strikes, connecting at 53 percent, so he’s not a one-trick fighter.

If there was one negative during his dominant win, it was that Inoue had a tendency to release his submission attempts when de Tomas landed strikes from the bottom.

9. Uncertain futures

One of the selling points of UFC Fight Night 111 was that it featured three former UFC champions, one former Strikeforce champion and a former PRIDE champion. While two of the former UFC champs, Holm and dos Anjos, walked away with victories, the other past title holders all lost, giving them a recent combined record of 0-12.

With that, we have to wonder if the UFC road has come to an end for Andrei Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC), Saffiedine and Takanori Gomi (35-13 MMA, 4-8 UFC).

Arlovski and Saffiedine did post on social media after the event, but neither addressed what the future holds.

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10. Making the call

Referee Neil Swailes put himself in the line of fire in Singapore by stopping the featherweight bout between Alex Caceres and Rolando Dy.

Dy (8-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) struggled through most of the first and second rounds after Caceres (13-10 MMA, 8-8 UFC) landed a left hand to Dy’s right eye early in the first stanza.

Swailes requested the doctor take a look at Dy during the second stanza and the doctor allowed the fight to continue. Between the first and second rounds the doctor performed a more thorough check of Dy’s vision. After that check the doctor told Swailes that visually Dy was okay, but he was closing his eye the whole time. At that point Swailes waved off the fight.

Dy was heartbroken by the call, but the reality was that Dy was fighting with one eye and while Swailes risked the wrath of fans and fighters, he put fighter safety first, exactly what he was paid to do.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 111 Athlete Outfitting pay: 2 former champs lead the way

SINGAPORE – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 111 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $152,500.

UFC Fight Night 111 took place at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore, and it streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way were a pair or former UFC champions. Former heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC) and ex-lightweight titleholder Rafael dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) each received a maximum non-title payout of $20,000 for making 21 or more appearances under the Athlete Outfitting structure.

The full UFC Fight Night 111 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Holly Holm: $5,000
Bethe Correia: $5,000

Marcin Tybura: $2,500
def. Andrei Arlovski: $20,000

Colby Covington: $5,000
def. Dong Hyun Kim: $15,000

Rafael dos Anjos: $20,000
def. Tarec Saffiedine: $5,000

Jon Tuck: $5,000
def. Takanori Gomi: $10,000

Walt Harris: $5,000
def. Cyril Asker: $2,500

Alex Caceres: $15,000
def. Rolando Dy: $2,500

Ulka Sasaki: $5,000
def. Justin Scoggins: $5,000

Li Jingliang: $5,000
def. Frank Camacho: $2,500

Russell Doane: $5,000
def. Kwan Ho Kwak: $2,500

Naoki Inoue: $2,500
def. Carls John de Tomas: $2,500

Lucie Pudilova: $2,500
def. Ji Yeon Kim: $2,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $2,625,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $12,948,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 111, with Zeppelin, Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash

While it take intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore went with as their backing tracks.

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Holly Holm def. Bethe Correia via knockout (high kick, punch) – Round 3, 1:09

Holly Holm: “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin

Bethe Correia: “Titanium” by David Guetta feat. Sia

Marcin Tybura def. Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision (29-28, 28-27, 29-27)

Marcin Tybura: “Can’t Stop” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Andrei Arlovski: “I’m a Soldier” by Eminem

Colby Covington def Dong Hyun Kim via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)

Colby Covington: “Cinderella Man” by Eminem

Dong Hyun Kim: “Danza Kuduro” by Don Omar feat. Lucenzo

Rafael dos Anjos def. Tarec Saffiedine via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Rafael dos Anjos: “Fight to Survive” by Stan Bush

Tarec Saffiedine: “Formidable” by Stromae

Jon Tuck def. Takanori Gomi via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:12

Jon Tuck: “Jump Around” by House of Pain

Takanori Gomi: “Scream the Life” by DJ Baku feat. Kyono

Walt Harris def. Cyril Asker via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:44

Walt Harris: “Blessings/Focused” by Lecrae/The Governor

Cyril Asker: “Hurt” by Johnny Cash

Alex Caceres def. Rolando Dy via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00

Alex Caceres: “Hero’s Come Back” by Nobodyknows

Rolando Dy: “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

Ulka Sasaki def. Justin Scoggins via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:19

Ulka Sasaki: “Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor” by Berlin Philharmonic

Justin Scoggins: “It G Ma” by Keith Ape

Li Jingliang def. Frank Camacho via unanimous decision (29-27, 28-27, 29-27)

Li Jingliang: “We Are Rising” by Unknown

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Frank Camacho: “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

Russell Doane def. Kwan Ho Kwak via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:09

Russell Doane: “Worldwide Choppers” by Tech N9ne

Kwan Ho Kwak: “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Naoki Inoue def. Carls John de Tomas via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Naoki Inoue: “Age Age Every Knight” by DJ Ozma

Carls John de Tomas: “Luha ng Kagalakan” by Brothers Marvin Estrada

Lucie Pudilova def. Ji Yeon Kim via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Lucie Pudilova: “Wrong Side of Heaven” by Five Finger Death Punch

Ji Yeon Kim: “Forever Young” by Crew Cardinal feat. Kodie

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 111 post-event facts: Holly Holm enters record books with another head-kick KO

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The UFC’s second event in Singapore had both lackadaisical and exciting moments, but Holly Holm closed the show on a high when she knocked out Bethe Correia in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 111 headliner.

Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) picked up her first victory in more than 19 months when she stopped Correia (10-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) by third-round head-kick knockout in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed women’s bantamweight bout at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

The former UFC champ got back on track, putting a highlight-reel ending to a show with a handful of notable feats. For more, check out 45 post-event facts to come out of UFC Fight Night 111.

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General

The Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $152,500.

Debuting fighters went 1-4 at the event.

Holm, Ulka Sasaki, Li Jingliang and Frank Camacho earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 111 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 111 drew an announced attendance of 8,414 fans for a live gate of $839,300.

Betting favorites went 10-2 on the card.

Total fight time for the 12-bout card was 2:06:33.

Main card

Holly Holm

Holm snapped her three-fight losing skid for her first victory since November 2015.

Holm has earned eight of her 11 career victories by knockout.

Holm has earned both of her UFC stoppage victories by head-kick knockout.

Holm’s two head-kick knockout victories in UFC competition are the most of any female in company history.

Holm’s two knockdowns landed in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are tied with Ronda Rousey for most in divisional history.

Holm’s three fight-night bonuses for UFC women’s bantamweight fights are tied with Amanda Nunes for second most in divisional history behind Ronda Rousey (seven).

Correia fell to 1-3-1 in her past five UFC appearances.

Correia has suffered both of her career stoppage losses by knockout.

Marcin Tybura

Marcin Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) three-fight UFC winning streak in heavyweight competition is the third longest active streak in the division behind Stipe Miocic (five) and Francis Ngannou (five).

Tybura earned his first decision victory since June 1, 2012 – a span of 1,842 days (more than five years) and 13 fights.

Andrei Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC) suffered his fifth consecutive loss, the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since September 2015.

Arlovski fell to 4-5 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in June 2014.

Colby Covington

Colby Covington’s (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is tied with Santiago Ponzinibbio for the third longest active streak in the division behind Demian Maia (seven) and Kamaru Usman (five).

Covington has completed 41 takedowns in eight UFC appearances.

Dong Hyun Kim (22-4-1 MMA, 13-4 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Rafael dos Anjos

Rafael dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) was successful in his UFC welterweight debut.

Dos Anjos snapped his two-fight losing skid and earned his first victory since December 2015.

Dos Anjos has earned nine of his 15 UFC victories by decision.

Tarec Saffiedine (16-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) suffered his third consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since January 2016.

Saffiedine has suffered six of his seven career losses by decision.

Preliminary card

Jon Tuck

Jon Tuck (10-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has earned nine of his 10 career victories by stoppage.

Tuck has earned three of his four UFC victories by stoppage.

Takanori Gomi (35-13 MMA, 4-8 UFC) suffered his four consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since April 2014 and is 1-5 in his past five appearances overall.

Gomi suffered his first submission loss since Sept. 24, 2011 – a span of 2,093 days (nearly six years) and eight fights.

Walt Harris

Walt Harris (10-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) improved to 3-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in April 2016.

Harris has earned all 10 of his career victories by knockout.

Cyril Asker (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by stoppage. He’s been knocked out in both his UFC defeats.

Alex Caceres (13-10 MMA, 8-8 UFC) improved to 3-2 since he returned to the UFC featherweight division in January 2015. He’s 3-5 in his past eight UFC appearances overall.

Caceres’ 13 submission attempts in UFC bantamweight competition are most in divisional history.

Ulka Sasaki

Sasaki (20-4-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC) improved to 2-1 since he dropped to the UFC flyweight division in May 2016.

Sasaki has earned all three of his UFC victories by submission.

Justin Scoggins (11-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) was unsuccessful in his return to the UFC flyweight division.

Scoggins has suffered all three of his career stoppage losses by submission.

Jingliang’s (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) three-fight winning streak is the longest of his UFC career.

Camacho (20-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Russell Doane

Russell Doane (15-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) snapped his four-fight losing skid for his first victory since July 2014.

Kwan Ho Kwak (9-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered consecutive losses after starting his career on a nine-fight winning streak.

Kwak suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Carls John de Tomas (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his six-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Ji Yeon Kim (6-1-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had her eight-fight unbeaten streak snapped for the first defeat of her career.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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With the right encouragement, Holly Holm found the KO artist within. Will it last this time?

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It was shaping up to be one of those main events where five rounds sounds more like a threat than a promise.

A lot of movement and meaningful stares. Some vicious pummeling of the empty air between Holly Holm and Bethe Correia. A warning from referee Marc Goddard, who told the women as politely as he could that the crowd hadn’t assembled in Singapore Indoor Stadium to watch them strategize just out of one another’s reach.

Correia (10-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) must have been getting restless too. Early in the third round, she flashed Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) the international hand gesture for “Bring it.” A few seconds later Holm brought it directly upside her head.

A shin to the face sat Correia down. She raised a hand as if to say, “Could you give me a second here?” Holm replied with a left hand that ended the discussion. Just like that, the overnight journey of UFC Fight Night 111 was at an end.

What a relief this victory must have been for Holm. Remember when she was the second coming? Remember when she meme-ified Ronda Rousey and had the world by the throat? That ended up being a shockingly short-lived triumph.

First Miesha Tate took her UFC women’s bantamweight title with a fifth-round burglary. Then she dropped a pair of decisions in fights she seemed entirely capable of winning. The end result was this, a UFC Fight Pass main event on the other side of the world against an opponent known for having more aggression than skill.

This was exactly the kind of fight Holm was supposed to win, which made it the kind she had to win. Holm’s status as the very first Rousey-killer could maybe survive a couple close decision losses. But she couldn’t not beat Correia. Not if she wanted to stay even semi-relevant.

So now the dreaded three-fight losing skid is over, presenting Holm with some interesting options. The good news is she’s one of the few women under contract to the UFC who has actually fought at 145 pounds, even if it was just once and even if she lost. Still, she has a name and a history and a division that can’t seem to even keep its own champion interested in hanging around could sure use someone like her.

Then again, there are still options for her at bantamweight. The book on Holm says that she’s a skilled striker and an extremely dangerous one when she has an opponent willing to be the one who moves forward. The current champ, Amanda Nunes, is just that type of fighter. It’s not at all unreasonable to think that the women’s 135-pound wheel of fortune might spin back her way some time soon.

But let’s not act like one win, even if it’s one for the highlight reel, removes all doubt about Holm. Even in victory she showed the same reluctance at range that’s plagued her in previous fights. She has a unique gift for giving away rounds to lesser talents, which doesn’t pair well with her personal moratorium on charisma.

There’s so much to like about Holm as a fighter. You just wish it would show up every time she does.

In Singapore, at least, it did. For the fans who cared enough to pair the UFC with their morning coffee, it was a memorable ending to what had been a sleepy slog of a fight right up until then. That’s a start, at least. It’s a win. When you haven’t had one of those since 2015, you’ll probably take it any way you can get it.

For complete coverage UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Twitter reacts to Holly Holm's head-kick KO of Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 111

After a three-fight skid that marked the low point of an otherwise prestigious combat sports career, Holly Holm got back in the win column Saturday when she defeated Bethe Correia in the UFC Fight Night 111 headliner.

Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) returned to the win column for the first time since her memorable knockout of Ronda Rousey in November 2015 when he earned a third-round knockout victory over Correia (10-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed women’s bantamweight bout at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Holm’s victory over Correia in the UFC Fight Night 111 main event.

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