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.


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.”


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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


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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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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UFC Fight Night 111 results: Walt Harris pounds out Cyril Asker in opening round

The big men traded leather, and Walt Harris (9-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) got the better of it in a first-round win over Cyril Asker (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC).

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

The sluggers came out swinging early, but 90 seconds into the fight, Harris dropped Harris with a one-two combo.

He then followed him to the mat and landed some brutal ground-and-pound to daze Asker. As the powerful blows mounted, the ref was forced to intervene and halt the fight.

The end came at the 1:44 mark of the opening round.

Harris, who debuted with the UFC in 2013, now has his first back-to-back wins in the promotion. Asker falls to 1-2 in his past three.

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

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

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

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10 reasons to set your alarm, wake up early and watch UFC Fight Night 111 at 4:45 a.m. ET

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A sense of quiet desperation surrounds Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 111 event.

The card features former champions from the UFC, Strikeforce and PRIDE, as well as a former UFC title challenger. However, those fighters – Holly Holm, Andrei Arlovski, Rafael dos Anjos, Tarec Saffiedine, Takanori Gomi and Bethe Correia – are a combined 0-14-1 in their last 15 fights. That means these fighters, who have all been near the top of the MMA summit, are each in a position where a loss could be a devastating setback. As such, don’t be surprised to see these fighters competing like their jobs depend on earning a victory.

In the main event, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holm looks to end the first three-fight losing streak of her pro fighting career, a run that dates back to the early 2000s when she began boxing professionally. Holm faces former title challenger Correia.

In the co-main event, former UFC heavyweight champion Arlovski is bogged down in the second four-fight losing skid of his long career. He faces Marcin Tybura, a man who made his pro debut in 2011, more than five years after Arlovski’s run as UFC champ ended.

From top to bottom, this card features veterans and newcomers who are all determined to impress UFC matchmakers.

UFC Fight Night 111 takes place at Singapore Indoor Stadium. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass, with an early start time of 4:45 a.m. ET (1:45 a.m. PT).

Here are 10 reasons to wake up early – or stay up late – and watch the event.

1. Erase the pain

Holm is under enormous pressure. Since ending the title reign of Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 with the head kick heard around the world, Holm has lost three straight. Holm (10-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC), currently No. 10 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, needs a statement win against No. 14 ranked Correia (10-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC) to remain relevant in the division. Holm knows this.

“That’s been a sore ache in my side for the past three fights,” Holm told MMAjunkie. “I hate to lose, and I just want the taste of victory. I don’t want to be there just to experience it. I’m not ever there for a participation ribbon. I’m there for a victory, and that’s all there is to it.”


Correia, a brawler who likes to move forward and fight in close, seems to be an optimal opponent for Holm, who thrives at distance. Correia is 1-2-1 in her past four outings.

2. That time again

A few years back Arlovski lost four straight fights, three by first-round knockout. At that point questions arose about the strength of his then 32-year-old chin. We’re in a similar situation today – questioning the health of Arlovski’s now 38-year-old mandible following three TKO losses in his past four outings.


Arlovski (25-14 MMA, 14-8 UFC), the No. 12 ranked heavyweight, is likely to get his chin tested by Tybura (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), a former M-1 heavyweight champion who has finished his last two UFC fights by knockout. Tybura has a reputation as a ground specialist, but he’s mostly used his striking to get things done in the UFC.


3. Talking the talk

Colby Covington, unbeaten in his past three bouts, was having a hard time finding an opponent. So he took to social media to try to bait a ranked welterweight into a signing a bout agreement.

When that failed Covington headed to the streets to beg for a fight. It’s unclear if Covington’s “Will fight for food” sign was the reason No. 7-ranked Dong Hyun Kim signed on the dotted line, but he did.

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Kim (22-3-1 MMA, 13-3), who is also on a three-fight winning streak, represents a huge jump up in competition, but Covington (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) is confident.

“I think they’re giving me the platform, the opportunity to show my worth in this fight, and that’s what I plan on doing is backing up all the talk,” Covington told MMAjunkie.


4. Moving on up

In early January, former lightweight champion dos Anjos announced he was moving to welterweight:

What dos Anjos didn’t mention was the move came after he had lost two straight fights at 155 pounds, one a title fight against Eddie Alvarez, the other to then No. 4 ranked Tony Ferguson. Before those defeats, dos Anjos had won five straight

Dos Anjos faces former Strikeforce welterweight champion Saffiedine in Singapore. Like dos Anjos (25-9 MMA, 14-7 UFC), Saffiedine (16-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) is on a two-fight losing skid.

This is an excellent test to see if dos Anjos can make a run at welterweight. Saffiedine is excellent at range and has some of the heaviest leg kicks in the division. If dos Anjos can get past Saffiedine’s defenses and pressure him as he did to many of his lightweight opponents, that bodes well for the Brazilian’s future.

5. Last time to catch a legend?

Takanori Gomi was already a legend when he joined the UFC in 2010. Back then he had a record of 31-5 with one no-contest. He’s now 35-12 and has lost his past three fights via first-round TKO.

On a more positive note, the last two contests Gomi has won earned “Fight of the Night” bonuses, with the last of those victories, a decision over Isaac Vallie-Flagg coming in 2014.

Gomi’s opponent in this lightweight bout, Jon Tuck, has also struggled recently, losing his past two fights via decision. Like Gomi (35-12 MMA, 4-6 UFC), Tuck (9-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) was awarded a fight-night bonus for his last victory, when he took home “Performance of the Night” for his first-round submission over Tae Hyun Bang in 2015.

Gomi could be fighting for his UFC life here, so if you want to catch him in the octagon one more time, UFC Fight Night 111 might be your last chance.

6. Coming together

Things are coming together for heavyweight Walt Harris. In his second stint with the UFC, Harris delivered his best performance with the promotion in his last outing when he stopped Chase Sherman with a brutal combination that earned consideration for MMAjunkie’s “Knockout of the Month” for January.

Harris (9-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) didn’t get a fight-night bonus for the stoppage, and that has him walking into his UFC Fight Night 111 bout against Cyril Asker (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) with some attitude.

“It made the chip on my shoulder a little bigger,” Harris told MMAjunkie.

Asker is coming off a first-round TKO win over Dmitry Smoliakov.


7. Let’s try this again

The last time Justin Scoggins attempted to make flyweight, it didn’t go well. Scheduled to face Ian McCall at UFC 201, Scoggins was forced out of that fight before the weigh-in, telling MMAjunkie that his body fat was down to about two percent and that he had stopped sweating during his weight cut, leaving him at more than 132 pounds.


Scoggins moved up to bantamweight at UFC Fight Night 100, and he lost that fight to Pedro Munhoz via second-round submission. Scoggins returns to flyweight to face Ulka Sasaki in Singapore.

It’s an interesting move, especially since Scoggins seemed adamant about not trying to make 125 pounds again. Knowing how he struggled ahead of UFC 201, it’ll be interesting to see how Scoggins (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) performs against Sasaki, (19-4-2 MMA, 2-3 UFC) who is coming off a unanimous-decision loss to Wilson Reis at UFC 208.


8. Making the news

Frank Camacho has been getting some press ahead of UFC Fight Night 111, which is pretty rare for a fighter who’s coming in as a late injury replacement on a UFC Fight Pass card. However, when you look at Camacho’s history and the past of his opponent, Li Jingliang, in this welterweight matchup, things make more sense.

Both of these fighters are finishers. Camacho (20-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has 24 fights to his name and has heard the scorecards read twice. Jingliang (12-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC), with 16 fights, has nine wins via stoppage, including his last three UFC victories. In addition to possessing stopping power in his hands, Jingliang has displayed a strong chin.

This one could be a sleeper pick for “Fight of the Night.”


9. Checking IDs

Despite claims from UFC President Dana White that the promotion has been “talking about shutting down the flyweight division for years,” two unbeaten, and very young, flyweight fighters debut in Singapore.

Carls John de Tomas is the older of the two; he turns 21 in August while Naoki Inoue celebrated his 20th birthday on June 14. De Tomas (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) joins the UFC after going unbeaten with URCC, where he won three fights by submission and three via decision. Inoue (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been much busier, competing 10 times for DEEP, winning seven bouts by submission and three via decision.

De Tomas missed weight at today’s weigh-ins, but the fight will go on at a catchweight.

10. Hardcore cred

Every once in a while, the UFC throws North American fans a curveball and holds an event outside normal prime time viewing hours. UFC Fight Night 111 is one of those events. If you live on the East Coast, things kick off at 4:45 a.m., and if you’re on the West Coast, well, that’s a 1:45 a.m. start for you.

This card is a chance to prove your hardcore fan bona fides.

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

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