The women’s bantamweight bout opened today’s UFC Fight Night 111 event at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.
The fighters stood and traded in an equally matched and rather well-paced first round. Both worked jabs and tried to be the aggressor, and with good footwork, both did damage.
Kim found her distance early in the second round and landed some solid combinations. Pudilova stalled the action by pushing the fight to the fence, but she failed to get the takedown, and the ref ultimately called for a restart. Once in the center of the cage, the fighters resumed trading punch for punch, with Kim seeming to have the slight edge.
With the fight up for grabs heading into the final frame, Pudilova again pushed the action against the cage, but a restart soon followed a stalemate. Once back in the center of the cage, Pudilova landed a few quick punches but again pushed the action to the fence, where she worked for a guillotine. Kim fought it off initially, but Pudilova was relentless with the submission attack and forced her opponent to the mat with the choke attempt. However, Kim ultimately put Pudilova on her back during a scramble and ultimately escaped.
With one minute to go in the fight, Pudilova again clinched and worked for another guillotine, but she ultimately finished the round with a series of knees.
The judges ultimately scored the closely contest bout for Pudilova via 29-28 scores across the board.
Pudilova picks up her first UFC win following a promotional-debut loss to Lina Lansberg. Kim snaps a six-fight winning streak and suffers her first career loss.
Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 111 results include:
- Lucie Pudilova def. Ji Yeon Kim via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Singapore.)