UFC Fight Night 117 post-event facts: How Saint Preux-Okami fight was a rarity in history

The UFC’s return to Japan was Friday with UFC Fight Night 117, which took place at Saitama Super Arena and aired on FXX.

Ovince Saint Preux (21-10 MMA, 9-5 UFC) capped off the card with a historic submission in the light heavyweight main event, submitting Yushin Okami (34-11 MMA, 13-6 UFC) with just the fifth Von Flue choke in UFC history.

Saint Preux was one of multiple fighters who earned a big win at an event with some worthwhile footnotes. For more on the numbers behind the last of four UFC events in September, check below for 50 post-event facts about UFC Fight Night 117.

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General

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $107,500.

Debuting fighters went 1-2.

Saint Preux, Gokhan Saki, Jessica Andrade, Claudia Gadelha earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 117 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 117 drew an announced attendance of 8,571, the lowest of the promotion’s five events at Saitama Super Arena. No live gate was announce for the event.

Betting favorites went 6-3 on the card. One fight had even odds.

Total fight time for the 10-bout card was 1:42:35.

Main card

Saint Preux vs. Okami was just the second fight in UFC history to feature zero combined significant strike attempts. Ilir Latifi vs. Cyrille Diabate at UFC on FUEL TV 6 was the other.

Saint Preux competed in his fifth UFC main event. He’s 1-3 in previous headliners.

Saint Preux has earned 16 of his 21 career victories by stoppage. That includes seven of his nine UFC wins.

Saint Preux’s seven stoppage victories since 2013 in UFC competition are tied for fourth most in the company behind Donald Cerrone (nine), Max Holloway (eight) and Derrick Lewis (eight).

Saint Preux’s nine victories since 2013 in UFC light heavyweight competition are the most in the division.

Saint Preux earned his third Von Flue choke submission in UFC competition, the most in UFC history.

Saint Preux has earned three of the five Von Flue choke submissions in UFC history. Jason Von Flue and Jordan Rinaldi also accomplished the feat.

Saint Preux’s two technical submission victories in UFC competition are tied for second most in company history behind Frank Mir (three).

Okami was unsuccessful in his return to the UFC. He hasn’t earned a first victory with the promotion since March 2013.

Okami was unsuccessful in his UFC light-heavyweight debut.

Okami fell to 5-3 since his initial UFC release in late 2013.

Okami fell to 0-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in September 2017.

Okami suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Andrade’s (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) eight UFC victories ties for the most by any female in promotional history.

Andrade improved to 4-1 since she dropped to the UFC strawweight division in June 2016.

Andrade landed 242 total strikes, the most in a UFC strawweight fight.

Andrade has earned five of her eight UFC victories by decision.

Gadelha (15-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has suffered all three of her career losses by decision.

Gadelha failed to complete a takedown for the first time in her UFC career.

“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (15-8-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) improved to 2-1 since he dropped to the UFC lightweight division in June.

Kim has earned 12 of his 15 career victories by stoppage.

Takanori Gomi (35-14 MMA, 4-9 UFC) suffered his fifth consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of his career. He’s suffered all five losses by first-round stoppage in a total fight time of 9:09.

Gomi fell to 1-6 in his past seven fights overall and hasn’t earned a victory since April 2014.

Saki (1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was successful in his return to MMA competition after more than 13 years.

Saki earned the first victory of his MMA career.

Henrique da Silva (12-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) suffered his fourth consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since October 2016.

Da Silva has suffered three of his four career losses by stoppage.

Teruto Ishihara (10-4-2 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) earned his first decision victory since his MMA debut on April 3, 2011 – a span of 2,364 days (more than six years) and 15 fights.

Ishihara’s six knockdowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Jeremy Stephens (nine) and Max Holloway (eight).

Rolando Dy (8-6-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered four of his six career losses by decision.

Jussier Formiga (20-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) six victories in UFC flyweight competition re tied for third most in divisional history behind Demetrious Johnson (12) and Joseph Benavidez (10).

Formiga’s two submission victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Johnson (three) and John Moraga (three).

Formiga has earned all of his career stoppage victories by submission.

Formiga has earned both of his UFC stoppage victories by submission.

Ulka Sasaki (20-5-2 MMA, 3-4 UFC) fell to 2-2 since he dropped to the UFC flyweight division in May 2016.

Sasaki has suffered three of his four UFC losses by stoppage.

Preliminary card

Keita Nakamura (33-8-2 MMA, 3-5 UFC) earned his first decision victory since May 18, 2012 – a span of 1,953 days (more than five years) and 13 fights.

Syuri Kondo (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned five of her six career victories by decision.

Chan-Mi Jeon (5-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered consecutive losses after starting her career on a five-fight winning streak.

Jeon has suffered both of her career losses by decision.

Luke Juneau (12-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Hyun Gyu Lim’s (13-7-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since September 2014.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, 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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Admit it, we want Takanori Gomi to retire for our benefit – not his

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The day before his fight at UFC Fight Night 117, “The Fireball Kid” turned 39.

Let that sink in for a second. Takanori Gomi, who lost his fifth consecutive fight via first-round stoppage, is now nearly 40 years old and still playing this game of diminishing returns. He gets dropped easier and easier. His fights are over quicker. The best thing you can say about his TKO loss to Dong Hyun Kim is that at least it ended before he had a chance to take too much damage.

Afterwards, Gomi stood there staring at the canvas, and all fans could do was hope that this was the one that might convince him to stop.

This is not unfamiliar territory for combat sports, but it doesn’t get any easier just because we’ve seen it before. That’s especially true for Gomi (35-14 MMA, 4-9 UFC), who was beautiful once but now mostly gets trotted out when the UFC needs an easy reminder of the Japanese scene’s former glory.

Gomi hasn’t won a fight in over three years. He’s been finished by strikes in four of his last five. His name value has prevented the UFC from giving him any easy fight since he came over in 2010, when his best days already seemed behind him. Now the damage has clearly piled up along with the losses, and the one-punch power that used to come to his rescue is as long gone as the days of big MMA crowds at Saitama Super Arena.

Looking on social media right after the fight, I saw the same sentiment repeated over and over in different words. We want to see Gomi retire, and we want it at least as much for our own good as for his.

This, too, is familiar territory. It’s hard to watch our heroes get old. We know it has to happen, but can’t they at least have the decency to do it in private where we don’t have to watch? They’re bumming us out, man. This isn’t what we signed up for.

Except that, really, we did.

This is how it goes. This is the unfortunate part of the fighter life cycle that so few manage to avoid. If you get famous enough that people will still pay to see you because of who you used to be, it’s hard to stop cashing the checks and dreaming of glory.

Only now we’re sick of it. It’s not just that we don’t want to see Gomi continue to hurt himself, though that’s a part of it too. But mainly it’s that we don’t want him to keep showing up as an all too real reminder of decay and decline.

Watching a formerly great fighter go steeply downhill feels like someone poisoning your memories. It forces us to keep two different versions of the same fighter in our heads: the old Gomi and the old Gomi.

That’s the main reason we’d like him to quit. We’d rather not watch him destroy himself along with our preferred concept of him. Each time he loses another one and then walks off without retiring, it feels like a promise that there’s worse yet to come.

And that may very well be true. But for our own selfish reasons, we’d really rather not be reminded of it.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are 10 memorable moments from the event.

1. Patience pays

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

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

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2. Got that attitude

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

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

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

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3. One to build on

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

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

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

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4. The shed is stocked

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

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

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

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5. Own it

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

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

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

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6. Living up to the hype

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

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

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

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

7. Hawaii represent

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

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

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

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8. Impressive debut

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

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

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

9. Uncertain futures

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

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

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

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10. Making the call

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holly Holm: “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin

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

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

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

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

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

Colby Covington: “Cinderella Man” by Eminem

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

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

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

Tarec Saffiedine: “Formidable” by Stromae

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

Jon Tuck: “Jump Around” by House of Pain

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

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

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

Cyril Asker: “Hurt” by Johnny Cash

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

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

Rolando Dy: “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

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

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

Justin Scoggins: “It G Ma” by Keith Ape

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

Li Jingliang: “We Are Rising” by Unknown

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Frank Camacho: “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

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

Russell Doane: “Worldwide Choppers” by Tech N9ne

Kwan Ho Kwak: “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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General

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

Debuting fighters went 1-4 at the event.

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

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

Betting favorites went 10-2 on the card.

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

Main card

Holly Holm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marcin Tybura

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

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

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

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

Colby Covington

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

Covington has completed 41 takedowns in eight UFC appearances.

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

Rafael dos Anjos

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

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

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

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

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

Preliminary card

Jon Tuck

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

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

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

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

Walt Harris

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

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

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

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

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

Ulka Sasaki

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

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

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

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

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

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

Russell Doane

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

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

Kwak suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

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

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

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

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

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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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Dann Stupp
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Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 53-36
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Brian Garcia
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2017: 52-37
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George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
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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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