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So, maybe this Stephen Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal idea has legs after all

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This past week UFC welterweight contenders Stephen Thompson and Jorge Masvidal stood on stage together and discussed a possible bout – together. It appears they’re still committed to the matchup.

Thompson (13-2-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) and Masvidal (32-12 MMA, 9-5 UFC) recently were part of a UFC fan Q&A that preceded UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore. There, they both pushed for the matchup

Thopmson is No. 2 in the latest TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, and Masvidal is No. 9. Both are coming off losses. Thompson recently suffered a narrow majority-decision defeat to champ Tyron Woodley in March (they fought to a draw in the bout prior); Masvidal most recently suffered a split-decision defeat to No. 5 Demian Maia.

Soon after the Q&A – and soon after No. 5-ranked lightweight and ex-champ Rafael dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) made a successful move to welterweight with a decision victory over Tarec Saffiedine (16-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 111 – No. 2-ranked lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) tweeted that Masvidal should fight RDA.

Masvidal, though, suggested a bout with Thompson is still his plan (via Twitter):

“(It’s not official) yet, but we want it,” Thompson said during Friday’s Q&A. “We definitely want it, to get together and get out there in the octagon and face off. Obviously, you saw him in his last fight, which I thought he won against Demian Maia. (Masvidal is) a very good striker, and I think it’s going to be fireworks.”

With Maia expected to be champ Woodley’s next opponent, Thompson vs. Masvidal could be a solid title-eliminator – or at least provide some further clarity in the welterweight title picture.

Masvidal, though, said he simply likes the challenge of facing a striker like Thompson.

“He does things that nobody really in the division does,” Masvidal said. “The karate that he brings and the high level that he brings, it’s only him that does that. I would have to get in special sparring partners, I’d have to get guys that could mimic that, and I’d have to prepare for it.

“It’s going to happen, man. Hopefully.”

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UFC Fight Night 111's Rafael dos Anjos wants welterweight belt, but vows to go step-by-step

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SINGAPORE – Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos isn’t rushing his push for a title in the welterweight division. But after beating ranked opposition, he’s ready to move up the ladder.

“I want to fight again before the end of this year,” dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) said after outpointing Tarec Saffiedine (16-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed main card of UFC Fight Night 111, which took place at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. “There’s many guys. We have (Donald) Cerrone and Robbie Lawler. Tyron Woodley is fighting Demian Maia for the title. I don’t have anyone in mind, but I want to fight higher-ranked guys, and somebody who leads me to take a step up in the division. I don’t want to go backward.”

Dos Anjos did that after the loss of the lightweight belt in 2016 and a subsequent loss to contender Tony Ferguson in an effort to get back into the title race at 155 pounds. Health concerns over excessive weight-cutting prompted the Brazilian ex-champ to move up to the welterweight division, where he still needs to shed pounds, albeit many fewer.

“It wasn’t even close to what it was to make 155,” dos Anjos said. “I can’t say it was easy, but compared to 155, it was easy. I was 180 (pounds) today. But (I was) feeling strong and feeling fast, and that’s what I’m looking for. My health comes first.”

Adjusting to the bulk of a veteran welterweight proved easy for dos Anjos, who put the tough-to-ground Saffiedine on the mat and dominated in positional battles. The final scores were 30-27 twice and 29-28 for the former champ, who snapped a two-fight skid.

“I’ve reached the top, and right now at welterweight, I feel like I have to make some adjustments,” dos Anjos said. “I will make those technically and be a better fighter at 170.

“He was taller, but I didn’t feel he was that strong. I’ve fought at lightweight with guys that were stronger than Tarec. I think I won most of the exchanges. I want to go back home, watch the fight, and always improve.”

Dos Anjos shied away, as usual, from making any bold proclamations about his conquest at 170 pounds. Instead, he said he’ll walk that road step by step, hopefully ending in a chance to win another UFC title.

“I don’t think I’m at the top of my game in this division, but I’m coming,” he said.

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: Rafael dos Anjos tops Tarec Saffiedine in move to welterweight

In his first fight in a new division, Rafael dos Anjos appeared to be the fresher fighter, and without getting overpowered by longtime welterweight Tarec Saffiedine.

That paid off down the stretch as dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) wore Saffiedine (16-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) down with body shots and constant pressure, riding to a clear unanimous decision victory in the process.

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

Despite the happy ending, things didn’t necessarily get off to the greatest start for dos Anjos. As he focused on working Saffiedine’s body with kicks, he kicked his way into a Saffiedine takedown in the bout’s opening moments. But dos Anjos would soon scramble up to his feet and go right back to battering the body in close, eventually getting a takedown of his own to even the score, and soon Saffiedine’s output began to slow.

The pressure from dos Anjos only increased in the second, as he peppered Saffiedine with knees in the clinch and shoved him around in a front headlock, controlling the bulk of the action when the fight stayed at close range. Saffiedine managed to find some success when he kept dos Anjos at range, mostly by slipping jabs and firing back, but as the second round gave way to the third he found himself moving backward too much to be effective.

For his part, dos Anjos rarely stopped his forward progress, and he was still attacking the body with lunging hooks even in the bout’s final minute. All three judges rewarded that work rate in the end, scoring the fight for dos Anjos across the board and giving him the victory with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.

The win for dos Anjos is his first since dropping two in a row at lightweight in 2016. Saffiedine has now lost three straight and four of his past five.

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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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Holm
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2017: 51-38
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Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt
2017: 60-29
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Simon Samano
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2017: 58-31
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Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
2017: 56-33
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Dann Stupp
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2017: 55-34
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Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 53-36
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Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 52-37
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Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
2017: 52-37
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Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 51-38
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George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
2017: 51-38
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John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn
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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.

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The MMA Road Show at UFC-Singapore: Did someone say duck?

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(The UFC hosts four events on four continents in four weeks. MMAjunkie is in Stockholm, Rio de Janeiro, Auckland and Singapore from May 23 to June 18 for the 2017 MMA Road Show.)

SINGAPORE – The official media schedule for UFC Fight Night 111 actually kicks off on Thursday, but fighters were busy going through their pre-fight routines today as the MMAjunkie team visited the host hotel.

The iconic Marina Bay Sands is serving as home base for UFC operations this week, with Saturday’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed card taking place at the nearby Singapore Indoor Stadium. Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm (10-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) meets onetime title challenger Bethe Correia (10-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC) in the evening’s main event.

MMAjunkie’s own John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) and Ken Hathaway (@kenshathaway) are on scene for the event, and they had a chance to speak with a few of the card’s featured participants ahead of official media activities.

Take in the latest sights from Singapore as fighters continued the final prep for this weekend’s event – including photo shoots, video interviews, uniform fittings and more – in the bustling metropolis that sees the UFC octagon visit for just the second time.

MMAjunkie ended up having some smoked duck for lunch, but Colby Covington suggested a different kind of duck had already been served to him by Rafael dos Anjos.

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 111 event in Singapore.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC Fight Night 111 staff picks we release on Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 111 takes place Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Holly Holm vs. Bethe Correia

Records: Holm (10-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC), Correia (10-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC)
Past five: Holm 2-3, Correia 2-2-1
Division: Women’s bantamweight
Rankings: Holm No. 10, Correia No. 14
Odds (as of 6/11/17): Holm -600, Correia +450

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Andrei Arlovski vs. Marcin Tybura

Records: Arlovski (25-14 MMA, 14-8 UFC), Tybura (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Past five: Arlovski 1-4, Tybura 3-2
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: Arlovski No. 10
Odds (as of 6/11/17): Tybura -250, Arlovski +200

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Colby Covington vs. Dong Hyun Kim

Records: Covington (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC), Kim (22-3-1 MMA, 13-3 UFC)
Past five: Covington 4-1, Kim 4-1
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Kim No. 7
Odds (as of 6/11/17): n/a

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Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tarec Saffiedine

Records: dos Anjos (25-9 MMA, 14-7 UFC), Saffiedine (16-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC)
Past five: dos Anjos 3-2, Saffiedine 2-3
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: dos Anjos No. 5 (lightweight)
Odds (as of 6/11/17): n/a

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