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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2502 with Paul Felder, Colby Covington, Ricardo Lamas, Angela Hill

Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with Paul Felder, Colby Covington, Ricardo Lamas, and Angela Hill.

Felder, in Las Vegas to commentate for Dana White’s Contender Series 4 card, was in-studio to co-host the entire episode. Lamas is coming off a win vs. Jason Knight, which took place this past Saturday at UFC 214. Covington defeated Dong Hyun Kim in June at UFC Fight Night 111. Hill is coming off a victory over Ashley Yoder at last month’s TUF 25 Finale.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Colby Covington explains tweet siding with Dana White over 'shady person' Tyron Woodley

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UFC welterweight standout Colby Covington is unapologetic after offering “serious dirt” on Tyron Woodley after the champ demanded an apology from UFC President Dana White and threatened to “leak” damaging information.

Covington’s tweet spurred backlash from fans and fellow UFC fighters, including lightweight Kajan Johnson, who called him “lowest of the low.”

It also prompted a call from his manager, American Top Team chief Dan Lambert, who licensed the team’s name to Woodley for his “ATT: Evolution” gym in St. Louis (Lambert declined comment).

“What I would say is, where’s the money?” Covington told MMAjunkie when asked to respond to Johnson’s tweet. “It’s all about the money in this game. I’m trying to get the No. 1 spot and make a financially better future for me and my family. (Expletive) everybody else.”

Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) demanded the apology from White on “The MMA Hour” after White criticized his title defense against Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC) at UFC 214. White also reneged on a verbal agreement to set up a fight with returning ex-champ Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) and indicated Woodley will next fight ex-champ Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC).

Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) then stepped into the breach, tweeting White and tagging Woodley.

“Don’t worry boss @danawhite I know some serious dirt on @TWooodley that would ruin his life. #fake.”

The 29-year-old up-and-comer said the message was a little bit of a troll and a little bit serious. But mostly, it was aimed at advancing his own interests.

“It’s a career move, if you want to call it that,” Covington said. “I’m looking for big fights, and I’ve got to promote and market myself any way I can. If people hate me and want to see me get knocked the (expletive) out, then sign someone the (expletive) up. I guarantee there’s not a man in the world that can knock me out now. It’s just a reminder that I am the No. 1 best fighter in the world right now.”

Woodley did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Covington’s remarks.

Covington, who in June outpointed Dong Hyun Kim for his fourth straight UFC win, previously has struggled to get opponents to fight him.

Today on MMAjunkie Radio, he noted ex-lightweight champ Rafael Dos Anjos and Neil Magny both turned him down in favor of a fight against each other. He added Lawler – another former ATT regular – “knows what’s up.”

While Covington said he’s trained with Woodley on a few occasions, he doesn’t consider the champ part of ATT. Covington said he wouldn’t have blasted a teammate in the way he did Woodley. But because Woodley isn’t a teammate, the same loyalty doesn’t apply.

“He was here in the beginning, and he has an ATT gym – but at the end of the day, he has what I want,” Covington said. “He’s trying to ruin this sport. He needs to know that I’m here, and I want what he has.”

“When I first met Tyron, he acted real fake to me,” Covington later added. “I just think he’s a shady person. His character is not good. So I’m not afraid to attack his character, because he’s not everything he says he is. He’s a fake champion.”

Not surprisingly, Covington was not impressed by Woodley’s showing against Maia.

“I thought it was pathetic,” Covington said. “I’ve got some better footage of him in the gym throwing a strike. It was bad. He fights conservative. He’s not a real fighter. He doesn’t want to get into a tough fight. He’s got no gas in the tank, which is why I think it’s a good stylistic matchup for me. He explodes for one or two punches, but that’s about it. He plays it safe.”

Woodley defended his performance at the UFC 214 post-fight press conference and noted he suffered a shoulder injury that kept him from throwing his favored right hand with regularity. On “The MMA Hour,” he said he might’ve suffered a labrum tear, which could require extensive rehabilitation.

“Fans, they want to see blood, they want to see cuts, and they want to see a back-and-forth exchange,” Woodley said. “You also have to recognize that I’m fighting specialists. Stephen Thompson, I’m not going to sit there and try to out-spin kick him. I’m not going to take down Demian Maia and prove it’s time for me to get a black belt.

“I felt like it was a very tactical fight. I felt like I did everything and stuck to the game plan. I walk around with my head up and the belt around my waist.”

Covington is convinced if he had a chance to put the belt around his waist, fans would see a completely different type of fight.

“If you give me a welterweight title shot, I guarantee I’m going out there looking for blood, and I’m going to be coming forward for five rounds straight,” Covington said. “I’m not going to be backing up to the cage like a little (expletive). I’m going to fight, because that’s what people want to see.”

But in the meantime, he is eyeing a fight with Maia, whose world-class jiu-jitsu Woodley stymied over five rounds of lackluster action this past Saturday.

“Tell Google Translate that he’s a little (expletive), and I’m coming for his ass,” Covington said of Maia.

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Paul Felder (in studio), Ricardo Lamas, Colby Covington, Angela Hill

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Paul Felder, Ricardo Lamas, Colby Covington and Angela Hill.

Felder will co-host the show in the studio. After knocking out Stevie Ray at UFC Fight Night 113 in Scotland in July, he’s in Las Vegas to be a commentator for tonight’s Dana White’s Contender Series 4 event tonight. Lamas is coming off a first-round TKO of Jason Knight this past Saturday at UFC 214. Covington beat Dong Hyun Kim in June to give him four straight UFC welterweight wins and seven of his past eight. He’s awaiting his next booking. And Hill is coming off a win over Ashley Yoder at the TUF 25 Finale; she’s awaiting her next UFC fight, as well.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Daniel Cormier and UFC 214's other losing fighters?

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UFC 214’s main card saw stunning results, big knockouts and somewhat underwhelming action. Nevertheless, all the losing fighters on the card were part of the biggest pay-per-view card of the year, which took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Daniel Cormier’s (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) more than two-year reign as light-heavyweight champion came to a decisive end in the main event when he was stopped for the first time in his career courtesy of a third-round knockout from Jon Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC).

Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC) and Tonya Evinger (19-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) also came up short in title fights, while Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) and Jimi Manuwa (17-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) dropped fights which could have arguably earned them title shots of their own.

After every event, fans wonder whom the losing fighters will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 214’s losing fighters.

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Jimi Manuwa

Daniel Cormier

Should fight: Cormier
Why they should fight: Manuwa’s chin failed to hold up to the power-punching of rising UFC light-heavyweight contender Volkan Oezdemir, and it led to a somewhat stunning 42-second knockout defeat.

Manuwa went from being a standby in case anything went wrong in the headlining bout between Cormier and Jones to experiencing the worst loss of his career, showing the utterly unforgiving nature of the sport. Fortunately for “Poster Boy,” he is still one of the top contenders in the 205-pound division, and the thin nature of the weight class will likely afford him another marquee fight next.

It seems backward that losing to Oezdemir could lead the Brit into a matchup with ex-champ Cormier, but strangely that’s how the sport works sometimes. Manuwa and Cormier were briefly linked to fight at UFC 214 before Jones decided against a warmup bout after his long layoff, forcing Manuwa into the matchup with Oezdemir.

Now that both are coming off knockout losses at the same event, though, a matchup is arguably more logical than ever, especially because of the history of trash-talk.

Donald Cerrone

Should fight: Dong Hyun Kim
Why they should fight: Cerrone fell just short of matching the UFC’s all-time wins record when he dropped a unanimous decision to former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, marking the first time in his career that he’s dropped back-to-back fights.

“Cowboy” gave Lawler everything he could handle in the contest, but the judges didn’t view it as enough. Regardless of the outcome, the performance proved without a doubt that Cerrone belongs in the octagon with the best in the 170-pound division, and any talks of a drop back down to lightweight should be silenced for good.

Cerrone needs to be careful when selecting his next fight to avoid dropping three straight and falling into a dangerous territory in his career. The majority of his losses have come against fighters capable of beating him on the feet, and while Kim (22-4-1 MMA, 13-4 UFC) does have decent striking, he’s primarily a grappler, a type of fighter Cerrone has largely succeeded against.

Daniel Cormier, Demian Maia, Tonya Evinger

Should fight: Watch the video above to see why Cormier should fight Manuwa, Maia should fight Colby Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Evinger should fight Julianna Pena (8-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) after their UFC 214 title-fight losses.

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, June 20: Time to introduce a little 'Chaos'

Judging by the amount of boos he gets in an arena – not to mention the amount of vitriol he seems to generate online – Colby Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) isn’t vying for the title of “fan favorite” anytime soon.

But with a one-sided decision win over perennial contender Dong Hyun Kim at this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 111 event, the man known as “Chaos” is now an impressive 7-1 in his UFC career – a mark good enough to earn him the No. 11 slot in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings.

Check out the new looks at 170 pounds and get an idea of what’s at stake in this busy dual-event weekend, with both Bellator NYC and the UFC Fight Night 112 happening Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

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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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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Holly Holm and UFC Fight Night 111's other winning fighters?

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After a somewhat slow-paced main card, Holly Holm closed Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 111 event in spectacular fashion when she knocked out Bethe Correia in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed headliner at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) put Correia (10-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) out in the third round with a perfectly placed head kick, putting an end to a career-worst three-fight skid in the women’s bantamweight main event.

“The Preacher’s Daughter” was the lone athlete on the four-fight main card to stop her opponent inside the distance. Marcin Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC), Colby Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) all needed the judges, but won in clear-cut fashion.

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC Fight Night 111’s winning fighters.

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Rafael dos Anjos

Gunnar Nelson

Should fight: Winner of Gunnar Nelson vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Fight Night 113
Why they should fight: Former UFC lightweight champion dos Anjos made a significant career decision by jumping up a division. He got no easy introduction to welterweight in Tarec Saffiedine, but the Brazilian showed he belongs with a unanimous decision win over the former Strikeforce champ.

Dos Anjos said the weight cut to 155 pounds became too great a physical toll, and as a result he moved up. He looked much healthier and filled with energy, and as someone who held gold in arguably the toughest weight class in the sport, it sets up great possibilities for his future at 170 pounds.

Saffiedine hasn’t necessarily blown the doors off during his UFC career, but he’s no pushover, and dos Anjos got past him. He said he’s prepared to prove his worth in the new weight class, and in order to climb the ranks he’ll need to get additional wins over more middling contenders like Saffiedine.

The winner of Nelson (16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Ponzinibbio (24-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who headline UFC Fight Night 113 in July, will be on a multi-fight winning streak and in a good position in the weight class. They may argue at wanting someone higher ranked, but dos Anjos’ background as a former UFC champion makes him a more valuable win than other name opponents.

Colby Covington

Neil Magny

Should fight: Neil Magny
Why they should fight: Covington did everything in his power to campaign for a big fight in the UFC welterweight division. He finally got one in the form of longtime contender Dong Hyun Kim, and made the most of it.

“Chaos” picked up his seventh victory in eight UFC appearances when he beat Kim by lopsided unanimous decision. The 29-year-old had beaten some solid opponents in the octagon coming into the fight, but the win over Kim was on a vastly different level and legitimizes him as a contender.

Covington called out almost every big name imaginable at 170 pounds before the fight with “Stun Gun” came to fruition. He called out champ Tyron Woodley at the post-fight news conference, which shows his confidence level. He’s not going to get a title shot next, but Covington should certainly get another stiff test, and Magny (19-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) is no pushover.

Magny is coming off a win over former UFC welterweight champ Johny Hendricks at UFC 207 in December, but has been on the sidelines since due to injury. He’s apparently gearing up for a return before the end of the year, and as someone who has never been shy to a challenge, putting his skill set up against a rising contender like Covington would be an important fight for the weight class.

Marcin Tybura

Travis Browne

Should fight: Winner of Travis Browne vs. Aleksei Oleinik at UFC 213
Why they should fight: Just four fights into his UFC career, Tybura already picked up a signature win when he took out former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski by unanimous decision.

Although Tybura came into the fight as the betting favorite against the slumping Arlovski, a win over “The Pitbull,” who is one of the most successful competitors in heavyweight history, is still a meaningful accomplishment.

The Polish fighter has recorded three consecutive victories since dropping his UFC debut in April 2016, and beating Arlovski puts him on an enhanced trajectory up the divisional rankings. He might not get an opponent with as big a name next time out, but he should get a fight of value.

The winner of July’s UFC 213 bout between Browne (18-6-1 MMA, 9-6-1 UFC) and Oleinik (51-10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), especially if it’s Browne, would be a fight that would test Tybura in a different way than Arlovski and also give him another notable name for his resume as he attempts to push his run of victories to four.

Holly Holm

Should fight: Winner of Cristiane Justino vs. Megan Anderson
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Holm should fight the winner of the rumored “Cyborg” Justino (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Anderson (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) fight at UFC 214 next.

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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