This Saturday, UFC will make its return to Singapore after a three and a half year absence. Holly Holm will look to get back in the win column after three straight defeats including her unsuccessful attempt at becoming the inaugural women’s featherweight champion.
UFC Fight Night 111 will be headlined by two UFC women’s bantamweight veterans as former 145lb champion Holly Holm faces off against Bethe Correia.
The event, which takes place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, will also play host to a heavyweight showdown between Andrei Arlovski and Marcin Tybura.
Rafael Dos Anjos is set to make his debut in the 170 pound ranks this weekend when he steps in the Octagon against former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine.
After an unsuccessful featherweight title challenge, Holm makes her return to the 135lb division this Saturday and will look to pick up her first win since her landmark knockout victory over Ronda Rousey. After defying the odds Holm has failed to replicate her success against Rousey and is currently riding a three-fight losing streak.
In Holm’s most recent outing she was on the receiving end of a decision loss to Germaine De Randamie and seemingly passed up on the opportunity to be crowned the inaugural women’s featherweight champion.
Correia, a former title challenger, will look to prove that she is still one of the elite in the division when she steps into the Octagon on Saturday. The odds are against the 33-year old after enduring mixed results under the promotion with a record of 4-2-1 including a victory over Jessica Eye at UFC 203. She enters the bout coming off of a majority draw against Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 106 back in March.
In the co-main event, former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will be looking to bounce back from the second four-fight losing streak of his career. “The Pit Bull” is without a win since 2016 having been finished by the likes of champion Stipe Miocic, Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett and rising star Francis Ngannou in his most recent bout. Prior to his most recent run of losses, the 38-year old had only lost only one in twelve bouts between August 2011 and September 2015 and will hope he can get back to winning ways this weekend.
Tybura is currently riding a two fight win streak securing KO/TKO victories over Viktor Pesta and Luis Henrique da Silva. This comes after an unsuccessful promotional debut for the Pole at UFC Fight Night 86 where he suffered a decision loss to Timothy Johnson. The veteran of the Russian based M-1 Global promotion will look to make it three wins on the bounce with a victory in one of the biggest tests of his career.
Rafael Dos Anjos makes the step up to 170lbs following two consecutive defeats; the first of the two losses was a first round TKO to Eddie Alvarez last July, a result which saw the 32- year old dethroned as the 155lb champion. The Brazilian then stepped back in the Octagon four months later to fight Tony Ferguson, where he was on the receiving end of a unanimous decision defeat, and ultimately fell further down the lightweight rankings. He will now look to emulate his successful run in the welterweight division starting off with a win against Saffiedine.
Saffiedine will also be looking to get himself back in the win column after suffering back to back decision losses to Rick Story last May, and then Dong Hyun Kim in December.
In January, the 30-year old spoke publicly of his interest in welcoming the former 155lb champion to the welterweight division and his words did not go unnoticed.
The Belgian has fought some of the best in the business such as the likes of Tyron Woodley and Rory McDonald however lacks a win over a household name such as Dos Anjos.
In the first of two match-ups at 170 pounds in Singapore, Cody Covington takes on Dong Hyun Kim. The Korean has walked away the victor in seven of his last eight bouts with his most recent loss coming at the hands of current champion Tyron Woodley. In his last outing the 35-year old dug in deep to secure a split decision win over Tarec Saffiedine who also finds himself fighting on the Singapore card meanwhile Kim will look to extend his run of good form when he steps into the Octagon.
If their recent records are anything to go by this bout could walk away with Fight of The Night honours, Covington will be looking to make if four on the bounce and take his record to 7-1 under the promotion, this comes after he earned a unanimous decision win over Bryan Barberena at UFC on Fox 22 back in December. After taking to social media to air his desire for a fight Covington’s prayers were answered, now all that’s left is for the American Top Team man to do the rest of the talking in the ring.
UFC Fight Night 111 Fight Card
Women’s Bantamweight Main Event: Holly Holm (10-3) vs. Bethe Correia (10-2-1)
Heavyweight Bout: Andrei Arlovski (25-14) vs. Marcin Tybura (15-2)
Welterweight Bout: Dong Hyun Kim (22-3-1) vs. Colby Covington (11-1)
Welterweight Bout: Rafael Dos Anjos (25-9) vs. Tarec Saffiedine (16-6)
Lightweight Bout: Takanori Gomi (35-12) vs. Jon Tuck (9-4)
Heavyweight Bout: Cyril Asker (8-2) vs. Walt Harris (9-5)
Featherweight Bout: Alex Caceres (12-10) vs. Rolando Dy (8-4)
Flyweight Bout: Yuta Sasaki (19-4-2) vs. Justin Scoggins (11-3)
Welterweight Bout: Jingliang Li (12-4) vs. Frank Camacho (20-4)
Bantamweight Bout: Kwan Ho Kwak (9-1) vs. Russell Doane (14-7)
Flyweight Bout: Carls John de Tomas (8-0) vs. Naoki Inoue (10-0)
Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Ji Yeon Kim (6-0-2) vs. Lucie Pudilova (6-2)