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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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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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Colby Covington wants to continue 'embarrassment tour' against champ Woodley: 'I'll break him in half'

SINGAPORE – Colby Covington has his sights set on the UFC welterweight championship after defeating Dong Hyun Kim on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 111.

Covington’s (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) wrestling game overwhelmed Kim (22-4-1 MMA, 13-4 UFC) for the majority of three rounds at UFC Fight Night 111, which took place at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore and streamed on UFC Fight Pass. “Chaos” gathered scorecards of 30-25, 30-26 and 30-27, making him the first to beat the South Korean fighter by decision.

Although his grappling-heavy attack drew boos from the crowd, Covington said he has no shame in his performance because no one prior had beaten “Stun Gun” in the manner he delivered.

“He hasn’t lost to anyone outside of the top five,” Covington told reporters after his win. “The champion (Tyron Woodley), the No. 1 contender (Demian Maia) – no one has dominated him like that. 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.”

Covington, 29, believes he not only handed Kim a lopsided loss, but said he crushed his spirit, as well. He went so far as to claim he “embarrassed” Kim inside the octagon, and said anyone who attempts to stand in the way of his ascent to the top of the division is going to get the same treatment.

“I’m dominating these guys,” Covington said. “I just dominated the No. 7 guy in the world (in the official UFC rankings). No one has dominated him like that. This is officially the embarrassment tour. I embarrassed him in Asia tonight and I’m going to keep embarrassing the division. It doesn’t matter how I beat them, the way I’m beating them – this is easy money, bro.”

Prior to getting booked at UFC Fight Night 111, Covington struggled to get a matchup that he desired against a top-ranked contender. He wanted a fight with former UFC champ Rafael dos Anjos, who beat Tarec Saffiedine by unanimous decision at the event, but his wish went unfulfilled.

Covington said his performance against Kim showed exactly why dos Anjos wouldn’t want to fight him, but he hopes the Brazilian will oblige in the future.

“It’s definitely a statement win,” Covington said. “Look what I just did. 30-25 (scorecards). I beat him every second of every round. It wasn’t even competitive out there. I didn’t even break out a sweat out there. I’m just getting warmed up. You haven’t seen the best of me yet. Same thing would have happened with Rafael dos Anjos. He’s scared – he’s been ducking me for a long time. There’s a reason he didn’t fight me tonight, and this is the reason.”

A future fight with dos Anjos would please Covington, but not as much as a showdown with current 170-pound kingpin Tyron Woodley (17-3-1 MMA, 7-2-1 UFC). Despite the fact the pair are somewhat of teammates under the American Top Team flag, Covington said he would have no problem challenging “The Chosen One” for the belt. And he doesn’t think it would be that hard to take it, either.

“I know Tyron Woodley got tired just watching us at home,” Covington said. “Last time I trained with him, it wasn’t even competitive. He gets tired just watching this. I’ll break him in half.”

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 results: Colby Covington shuts out Dong Hyun Kim, calls for title shot

Colby Covington gave Dong Hyun Kim little chance to get in the game over three rounds of smothering offense.

The fight wasn’t always pretty, but Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) kept Kim (22-4-1 MMA, 13-4 UFC) on the defensive with wrestling and landed the better strikes to take home a unanimous decision.

The welterweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 111 event at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

The final scorecards reflected Covington’s dominance over three rounds with 30-25, 30-26 and 30-27 tallies. It was his fourth straight UFC win and puts him at 7-1 in the octagon, while veteran Kim sees a three-fight streak snapped.

Covington early on signaled his intention to test Kim’s defensive grappling, reversing an early push to the cage by getting to Kim’s back and transitioning between takedown attempts. A pair of blatant fence grabs helped Kim to stay upright, though Covington found a way to use the setback by landing several hard elbows in the clinch. Kim chased down a reply after breaking away, landing a knee that prompted another takedown attempt.

Anxious to even the scales, Kim stalked Covington in the second round, drawing the two into a scrap on the feet. Although his size advantage allowed him to avoid the inevitable takedowns, he was stunned by a left hand as he marched forward. Covington seized on the shift, peppering Kim with hard shots before landing another takedown.

Emboldened by that success, Covington let loose with his striking in the final frame, looking for a highlight-reel finish. Kim avoided major attacks, but still took a flurry of hooks midway through the round.

By the fight’s end, however, there was no doubt that Covington had taken home the decision.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 111 results include:

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Singapore.)

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UFC Fight Night 111 staff picks: Despite 3-fight skid, Holly Holm inspires unanimous confidence

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The UFC returns to Singapore on Saturday for UFC Fight Night 111, featuring a former champion at the top of the card.

UFC Fight Night 111 takes place Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm (10-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) takes on former title challenger Bethe Correia (10-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC). Holm is a significant favorite in the fight (more than 6-1 at some online sports books) and will be looking to snap a three-fight skid that includes the loss of the 135-pound title and a loss in the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight title fight.

But her skid isn’t stopping anyone from confidence in her against Brazil’s Correia. Holm is the only unanimous choice among our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts for this week’s card.

In the co-main event, former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (25-14 MMA, 14-8 UFC) will try to snap a four-fight skid when he meets Marcin Tybura (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who is a -250 favorite. But those odds don’t seem to matter much to half our staff. We’re split down the middle at 5-5 on the fight between the big men.

Also on the card, Colby Covington (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) takes on Dong Hyun Kim (22-3-1 MMA, 13-3 UFC) in a welterweight fight. Rising star Covington is more than a 3-1 favorite over the veteran Korean fighter, and has a 6-4 edge in our picks. And to open the main card, former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (25-9 MMA, 14-7 UFC) moves up to welterweight to take on former Strikeforce champ Tarec Saffiedine (16-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC). Brazil’s “RDA” is a 3-1 favorite and an 8-2 pick from our staff.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Holm, Arlovski, Kim and dos Anjos are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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