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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2017: 56-33
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Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 53-36
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Tybura
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Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 52-37
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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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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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