Bethe Correia decided to taunt and ate a shin to the face for her troubles.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm knocked out Correia with a third-round head kick in the UFC Fight Night 111 headliner on Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Correia (10-3-1) met her end 69 seconds into Round 3.
The two women got off to a woefully slow start and were admonished for timidity by referee Marc Goddard early in the second round. Not much changed until the third. There, Correia dropped her hands and urged the Jackson-Wink MMA standout forward. Her taunts proved costly. Holm (11-3) obliged and connected with a left high kick upstairs. A dazed and defenseless Correia hit the deck, where she was met with a slashing left hand from “The Preacher’s Daughter” before Goddard could arrive on the scene.
The victory, Holm’s first since she cut down Ronda Rousey with a head kick in November 2015, closed the book on a three-fight losing streak.
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Tybura Upends Reeling Arlovski
Well-timed takedowns and a crushing top game carried former M-1 Global champion Marcin Tybura to a unanimous decision over Andrei Arlovski in the three-round heavyweight co-main event. Scores were 29-28, 28-27 and 29-27, all for Tybura (16-2).
The Polish upstart nearly finished it inside the first round, where he executed a takedown off a caught kick, moved to the back and advanced to full mount before assaulting Arlovski (25-15) with ferocious hammerfist-laden ground-and-pound. The Belarusian weathered the onslaught, returned to his feet and had Tybura reeling with power punches late in the round. He carried the momentum into the middle stanza but ran out of gas down the stretch. Tybura landed another takedown two minutes into Round 3, applied his ground-and-pound once again and maintained position through a few desperate scrambles.
Arlovski, 38, has lost his past five bouts.
Covington Surges Past Kim
American Top Team rep Colby Covington continued his climb on the 170-pound ladder with a lopsided unanimous decision over Dong Hyun Kim in a three-round welterweight showcase. All three cageside judges scored it for Covington (12-1): 30-25, 30-26 and 30-27.
Kim (22-4-1) had no answers for the NCAA All-American wrestler. Covington struck for repeated takedowns and lured the South Korean judoka into a series of clinches. He also buzzed Kim on the feet, rattling the 35-year-old with an overhand left before following up with a right hook and flying knee in the second round. A finish did not materialize, but Covington’s superiority was never in question. So thorough was his performance that he was awarded three 10-8 rounds by the judges.
Covington, 29, has won four fights in a row.
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Dos Anjos Tops Saffiedine in Welterweight Debut
Former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos made a successful move to 170 pounds, as he claimed a unanimous decision over Tarec Saffiedine in a three-round welterweight feature. Dos Anjos (26-9) swept the scorecards with 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 marks from the judges.
Saffiedine (16-7) spun his wheels for much of the fight. Dos Anjos leaned on suffocating pressure and invested heavily in kicks and punches to the body. The 32-year-old Brazilian did some of his best work in close quarters, attacking Saffiedine with punches, elbows and knees inside the clinch. The Belgian landed a few jabs and sweeping right hands across 15 minutes but not nearly enough of them to dissuade dos Anjos and turn the tide on his favor.
The victory snapped a two-fight losing streak for dos Anjos.