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MMAjunkie's 'Fight of the Month' for June: A slugfest in Singapore

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best fights from June. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Fight of the Month” award for June.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting on your choice.

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The Nominees

Paulo Borrachinha def. Oluwale Bamgbose at UFC 212

For the first few minutes of their fight, Paulo Borrachinha (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) struggled just to keep up with the frenetic violence of Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC).

Once the storm subsided and Bamgbose slowed after the opening round, though, that’s when Borrachinha took over the middleweight fight. The Brazilian overwhelmed his exhausted opponent with a vast striking arsenal, earning the TKO early in the second round.

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Mark Hunt def. Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 110

A heavyweight fight between Mark Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) and Derrick Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) that on paper looked like a slugfest turned into a battle of cardiovascular strength.

Hunt took Lewis’ best shots and dragged him into deep waters. “The Super Samoan” chased “The Black Beast” around the octagon, doling out repeated shots to the body and legs until Lewis tired and slumped in exhaustion for the TKO late in the fourth round.

Li Jingliang def. Frank Camacho at UFC Fight Night 111

Li Jingliang’s (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) leg kick game was on point in his welterweight fight with UFC newcomer Frank Camacho (20-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC), and in the end it helped reward him with a unanimous decision victory.

Jingliang absorbed some hard shots from Camacho in the opening round, but his durability and grit helped him get back into the fight in the latter rounds and take the victory on the scorecards.

Heather Hardy def. Alice Yauger at Bellator 180

The transition from pro boxing to MMA couldn’t have gone much better for Heather Hardy (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who picked up a sensational third-round TKO of Alice Yauger (4-6 MMA, 0-2 BMMA).

Hardy, who said she “fell in love” with MMA following the fight, had to overcome some early adversity and a nasty cut before she swarmed Yauger with strikes to earn the TKO late in the third round of the women’s flyweight affair.

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Tony Martin def. Johnny Case at UFC Fight Night 112

If you didn’t know it was something of a grudge match before, all you had to do was listen to Tony Martin (12-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in the second round, informing Johnny Case (12-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) that he wasn’t going anywhere in between counter right hands to the face.

The result was a unanimous decision win for Martin, who outstruck a game Case and seized control of the lightweight fight down the stretch before claiming the win with scores of 29-28 across the board.

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The Winner: Li Jingling vs. Frank Camacho

Camacho clearly has power, as he displayed in the opening moments of his UFC debut, but Jingliang seemed to have the better conditioning and all-around game.

It ultimately led Jingliang to a come-from-behind win over late replacement Camacho.

Camacho displayed his big power with the first significant punch of the fight.

He followed with a few more punches that found their mark, and Jingliang was quickly on wobbly legs. Jingliang, though, survived, and he then peppered Camacho with low kicks and took his back late in the round.

In the second round, Jingliang immediately looked for takedowns. Camacho fought it off, so “The Leech” went back to low kicks. Camacho’s energy level took a noticeable dip, though, and then Jingliang found openings to land some power punches of his own. Although the strikes were sometimes wild, they were effective, and Jingliang seemed to even up the score heading into the final frame.

In the pivotal third round, Jingliang’s low kicks were taking a toll, and his counters were on point. As Camacho sucked in wind, Jingliang used the low kicks to set up punches and take control of the fight. Camacho’s durability was on display, but not much else was.

In the end, Jingliang got the victory via 29-27, 28-27 and 29-27 scores.

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Pic: UFC-Singapore's Frank Camacho shows everyone the damage from Li Jingliang's leg kicks

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If you ever somehow find yourself in a cage with Li Jingliang, protect your legs.

That’s the main takeaway from Frank Camacho.

Two days after Camacho (20-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a UFC newcomer and late replacement, came up short in a UFC Fight Night 111 both with Jingliang (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC), the welterweight posted a pic of his badly bruised leg. It showed the aftermath of Jingliang’s steady stream of low kicks during Saturday’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed bout at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

As he wrote, “Those leg kicks were real hahah” (via Twitter):

Things started off well enough for Camacho, who ultimately suffered a unanimous-decision loss via 29-27, 28-27 and 29-27 scores. However, it was a come-from-behind win for Jingliang, who was tagged solidly with the first punch of the fight (via Twitter):

Camacho, a replacement for injured Jonathan Meunier, is a Guam-born fighter who was raised in Saipan. He was on a 5-1 run heading into his UFC debut. A veteran of the Guam-based Pacific Xtreme Combat promotion, the 28-year-old has 18 stoppages (including 15 knockouts) in 20 career wins. However, he struggled in the second and third rounds against Jingliang, who did clear damage with the low kicks late in the fight.

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UFC Fight Night 111 bonuses: You know Holly Holm's sick kick was worth $50,000

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Holly Holm, Ulka Sasaki, Li Jingliang and Frank Camacho each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at today’s UFC Fight Night 111 event.

Holm and Sasaki earned “Performance of the Night” honors, while Jingliang and Camacho won “Fight of the Night.”

The UFC announced the winners following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

Former women’s bantamweight champion Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) knocked out Bethe Correia (10-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) 69 seconds into the third round with a head kick, just seconds after Correia told Holm to come forward, apparently frustrated with a lack of activity. Correia got what she asked for and then some, and Holm snapped a three-fight skid that started when she lost the title.

As a 5-1 favorite, Justin Scoggins (11-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) was tied with Holm and Jingliang as the biggest favorites on the card. But Sasaki (20-4-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC) didn’t care much about that. He tapped Scoggins in the second round with a rear-naked choke on the preliminary card.

Jingliang (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Camacho (20-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) battled for 15 minutes on the prelims before Jingliang ultimately took a unanimous decision with a pair of 29-27 scores and a 28-27 in a fight that was more competitive than the oddsmakers likely expected when they instilled Jingliang as a 5-1 favorite.

UFC Fight Night 111 took place Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. The entire card streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

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: Li Jingliang survives first round, rallies to beat Frank Camacho

Frank Camacho clearly has power, as he displayed in the opening moments of his UFC debut, but Li Jingliang seemed to have the better conditioning and all-around game.

It ultimately led Jingliang (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) to a come-from-behind win over late replacement Camacho (20-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

The welterweight 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.

Camacho displayed his big power with the first significant punch of the fight.

He followed with a few more punches that found their mark, and Jingliang was quickly on wobbly legs. Jingliang, though, survived, and he then peppered Camacho with low kicks and took his back late in the round.

In the second round, Jingliang immediately looked for takedowns. Camacho fought it off, so “The Leech” went back to low kicks. Camacho’s energy level took a noticeable dip, though, and then Jingliang found openings to land some power punches of his own. Although the strikes were sometimes wild, they were effective, and Jingliang seemed to even up the score heading into the final frame.

In the pivotal third round, Jingliang’s low kicks were taking a toll, and his counters were on point. As Camacho sucked in wind, Jingliang used the low kicks to set up punches and take control of the fight. Camacho’s durability was on display, but not much else was.

In the end, Jingliang got the victory via 29-27, 28-27 and 29-27 scores.

After an uneven start to his UFC career, Jingliang now has three straight victories. Camacho, who entered the bout with 18 stoppages in 20 career wins, snaps a two-fight winning streak.

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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The tougher the opponent, the harder UFC Fight Night 111's Li Jingliang will train

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SINGAPORE – UFC welterweight Li Jingliang is five months removed from a “Fight of the Night” knockout of Bobby Nash, and he’s declared himself ready to take on bigger names.

“Every fight is getting tougher and tougher, and of course, if I have a three-fight streak, my position in the division will move up,” said Jingliang (12-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) via translator at a media day in support of his bout against Frank Camacho (20-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 111.

The pair meet on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed prelims of the fight card at Sinapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

Jingliang would like to be rewarded for his surge with an opponent ranked in the top-10, a tough ask in the crowded welterweight division. But first he’s got to put away Camacho, a late replacement for the injured Jonathan Meunier (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC).

Jingliang has had just one week to prepare himself for the shift, which pits him against a octagon newcomer whose earned 15 of his 20 wins by knockout. If excitement is what the UFC brass is looking for, he said, they can expect to see it in this matchup.

And from there, Jingliang hopes to see a marquee name standing across from him in the octagon.

“The tougher opponent I can get, the harder I will work,” Jingliang said.

Check out the above video for more from Jingliang ahead of the fight.

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

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Frank Camacho a late replacement next week at UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore

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Li Jingliang has a new opponent for next week’s UFC Fight Night 111 event.

Welterweight Jonathan Meunier (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has suffered an injury and is out of his fight with welterweight Jingliang (12-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC), and newcomer Frank Camacho (20-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement.

Jingliang confirmed the change following a report from straitstimes.com (via Twitter):

UFC Fight Night 111 takes place June 17 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 4:30 a.m. ET (1:30 a.m. PT). Jingliang vs. Camacho is slated for the prelims.

Jingliang, a 29-year-old Chinese fighter, enters the fight on his first UFC winning streak. “The Leech” has put together back-to-back knockout wins over Bobby Nash at UFC on FOX 23 in January and Anton Zafir at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale in July, breaking out of the win-one, lose-one trend that kicked off his UFC tenure.

He meets Camacho, a 28-year-old from Guam who was raised in Saipan. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu notable, who was bounced from “The Ultimate Fighter 16” in the elimination round back in 2012, finally enters the UFC while on a 5-1 run with five stoppages. Since turning pro in 2005 as a 16-year-old and fighting for organizations such as Pacific Xtreme Combat and Rites of Passage 21, he’s posted 18 stoppages (15 knockouts) in 20 career wins.

The full UFC Fight Night 111 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 8 a.m. ET)

  • Holly Holm vs. Bethe Correia
  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Colby Covington vs. Dong Hyun Kim
  • Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tarec Saffiedine

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4:30 a.m. ET)

  • Takanori Gomi vs. Jon Tuck
  • Cyril Asker vs. Walt Harris
  • Ulka Sasaki vs. Justin Scoggins
  • Frank Camacho vs. Li Jingliang
  • Russell Doane vs. Kwan Ho Kwak
  • Carls John de Tomas vs. Naoki Inoue
  • Ji Yeon Kim vs. Lucie Pudilova
  • Alex Caceres vs. Rolando Gabriel

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

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