It took her a while to get warmed up, but Holly Holm’s patience paid off — literally.
The former bantamweight queen earned a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for her third-round knockout of Bethe Correia in the UFC Fight Night 111 headliner in Singapore on Saturday. After two slow-paced rounds, Correia taunted “The Preacher’s Daughter” and paid the price for it. Moments later, Holm floored her Brazilian foe with a beautifully-placed head kick and clinched the victory with a follow-up uppercut 1:09 into round three.
Elsewhere, Yuta Sasaki captured the card’s other $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award for his come-from-behind triumph over Justin Scoggins in a preliminary flyweight tilt. Scoggins was in control early, suplexing his foe and flooring him with a left hand in round one. That dominance continued in the second stanza until Sasaki was able to sweep into mount, take his man’s back and secure a rear-naked choke to elicit a tapout at the 3:19 mark.
Finally, Jingliang Li and Frank Camacho garnered “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their preliminary welterweight duel. Camacho dazed Li with a series of right hands in the opening period, but Li survived and took control down the stretch behind an effective jab and punishing low kicks to take a unanimous decision.