After losing a closely contested inaugural UFC featherweight title fight, Holly Holm is set to return to the division where she became a champion in a headlining spot.
According to reports from MMAFighting.com, Holm is currently pencilled in to take on former title challenger Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 111 on June 17th. The women’s bantamweight bout is scheduled to be the showcase main event as the UFC makes only its second visit to Singapore.
Holm (10-3) is currently on a three-fight losing streak, the longest in her combat sporting history, and most recently fought in the main event of UFC 208. Before losing to Germain de Randamie in February of this year, ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ had lost back-to-back fights to Valentina Shevchenko and Meisha Tate, the latter in Holm’s first women’s bantamweight title defence.
Correia (10-2-1) meanwhile, is currently undefeated in her last two fights, a split-decision victory over Jessica Eye and, more recently, a majority draw with Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night: Fortaleza.
Both Holm and Correia have two common opponents throughout their careers in Raquel Pennington and Ronda Rousey but have recorded very different results against the pair. Where Holm has defeated both Pennington and, more famously, Rousey at UFC 193, Correia’s only career defeats have come against the two 135 pounders.
UFC Fight Night 111 will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and currently has three other former Zuffa champions booked for the June event. Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski is set to face Marcin Tybura while former UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos will make his first foray to welterweight against the last Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine.
Sensor Equipped Tracking Gloves to be Used at UFC 219
From implementing the likes of USADA, the UFC Performance Instiute and the introduction of the instant replay. The UFC has always prioritized being at the top of the sport science game.
Now, at UFC 219 on December 30th, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved a test run for sensor equipped tracking gloves to be worn by a selection of fighters on the card.
The technology behind the gloves comes from AGI International (an analytics company) along with HEED (a consumer platform company). A collaboration founded by the UFC.
After a sparring exhibition between top lightweights, Edson Barbosa (19-4-0) and Mark Diakiese (12-1-0), HEED co-founder Mati Kochavi had this to say regarding how “70 insights” collected from sensors on the gloves, the corner-men, the octagon itself can depict a clearer image of a fight.
“Those insights are covering entire aspects of the fight between Diakiese and Barbose. Their passion, power of the fight, resiliency and strategy. All happen in the octagon.“
Shouldn’t sport be told in real-time, with real data, information and emotions?”
He finally promises “We are a company which is trying to revolutionize the way we (broadcast) sports and live events”
As for now there is little to zero information into the technical aspects of the gloves, however products like a Fit Bit have similar abilities to give data on speed, force, motion, elevation, heart rate etc.
The UFC 219 card takes place on Decemebr 30th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will be headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight between current champion Cris Cyborg (18-1) and former UFC bantamweight champion, Holly Holm (11-3).
*WATCH* UFC 208 Embedded – Episode 5
The 5th episode of UFC 208 Embedded is now available for viewing via the UFC’s official Youtube channel.
“On Episode 5 of UFC 208, featherweight title contender Germaine de Randamie embraces the inclement weather with a snowball fight. Brazilian middleweight Anderson Silva pranks a UFC staffer and shines at open workouts. His opponent Derek Brunson and headliner Holly Holm also engage with fans at the special event, held inside a famed boxing gym. Then the fighters, including Jacare Souza and Glover Teixeira, cut their final pounds before Friday’s official weigh-in. UFC 208 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the inaugural women’s featherweight title fight taking place Saturday, February 11th. See it live on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV.”
UFC 208: Betting Preview
UFC 208 is upon us this weekend and our betting experts on both sides of the Atlantic take a look at the best bets to bolster your bank balance this weekend.
Kevin Jones’ Picks
Randy Brown to beat Belal Muhammad -145
Muhammad’ s nickname is “Remember The Name.” We also need to remember that he was knocked out in a little over a minute by a guy with a .625 winning percentage in his last fight against 10-5-1 Vincente Luque. Jamaicans are known for being bangers and “Rude Boy” is no exception. They don’t get much easier to call than this one. Randy will have a 5″ height advantage as well as 7″ in reach on his opponent. That is very reminiscent of last week’s fight between James “The Texecutioner” Vick vs Abel Trujillo where the Texan was victorious. The Spanish Town native who now fights out of Queens, New York owns three UFC wins compared to Belal’s one. The only loss on his record is to a still undefeated Michael Graves. Brown has also proven that he is no slouch on the ground, while Muhammad has never won a bout via submission. The line on this fight should be closer to -250 than where it currently sits. With the hometown crowd behind him, Brown gets the W one way or another on Saturday night.
Side Note: Getting +140 odds on under 2.5 rounds is not a bad value play here as well.
Marcin Tybura to beat Justin Willis -180
Obviously “Tybur” has much more experience than his UFC debuting opponent when you look at their records. Marcin has also fought against tougher competition in M-1 Challenge. After gaining his first UFC win in his last fight over Viktor Pesta, he has gotten those first UFC fight hiccups out of the way. There are too many heavyweights that are cutting to get to 265 lbs. Sitting at a hair under 250 lbs, the Pole should be able to go at it harder and for longer than the bigger Willis. Justin has power, but so does everyone else in the heavyweight division. Outside of that, pretty much all that Justin has going for him is that he trains at American Kickboxing Academy. That is meaning less and less in a time where these gyms are expanding and taking in fighters that they may not have 5 years ago. Tybura may try to take his heavier opponent down to negate the 4″ reach disadvantage he is facing. By taking a grappling approach, he will be able to drain his opponent’s energy and even if he does not finish Willis by either by submission or ground and pound, that will benefit him as the fight goes on. The rule of thumb is to usually avoid betting on heavyweights unless you are placing a wager on the under, and under 1.5 rounds at -130 in this one is not a bad play. There is just not enough known about Willis to risk that he will not last longer than that. Laying less than 2 to 1 against a guy with only 5 fights and one loss making his promotional debut, now that is enough of a reason to make an exception to the rules of betting heavyweights.
Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie under 4.5 rds -105
Despite the narrative that you will see being force feed to you Holm, who is coming off of two defeats, was never widely considered a top pound-for-pound women’s boxer. She does not have that much power in her hands as evident of her boxing knockout percentage of 24%. In MMA her KO% improves to 58%. However, Holly is a southpaw that uses her jab well to maintain a distance to where she can utilize her devastating kicks. Even though she looks a bit stiff on her feet at times, she does get into angles where her straight left can bust up an orthodox fighter who is not used to seeing it coming from where she throws it. Germaine’s knockout percentage of 33% is nothing special, but she has stopped her last two opponents who had a combined record of 13-1. “The Preacher’s Daughter” was KO’d twice inside a boxing ring and they were both brutal. “The Iron Lady’s” pedigree she brings from Kickboxing, where she was never beaten, and Muay Thai actually is greater than Holm’s boxing pedigree. Putting it bluntly she is more accomplished than Holly outside of MMA. Betting the under and women’s fights can burn you more times than not, but this is not just any other fight. It is for the inaugural title and we should expect for both of these ladies to leave it all in the cage. This is a fight that will stay standing and one or the other will catch their opponent before the last half of the fifth round. Hard to call which one of leaves N.Y. with the gold but take the under and you will be hit your last bet of the night and join them.
Darren Russell’s Picks
Holly Holm to win via decision – 9/4
This fight will be a case of who has the better stand up with Holm, a former Boxing world champion facing off with de Randamie who is a former kickboxing and muay thai world champion. I think Holm has the endurance to go the distance, despite losing the decision to Shevchenko and getting “put to sleep” by Miesha Tate and will find more comfort in facing a lower level opponent in Germaine de Randamie. I think 9/4 is great odds and I think it’s crazy that Holm is the underdog… People have written her off since the demise of Ronda Rousey but she’s a tough tough cookie!
Glover Teixeira to win by KO/TKO/DQ – 11/4
The real factor in which way this fight goes is purely down to how Glover Teixeira has dealt with the crushing thirteen-second knockout defeat to Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC 202. Glover has bounced back before after decision losses to Jon Jones and Phil Davis but, was knocked out for the first time since his MMA debut back in 2002. The man facing him in Jared Cannonier is a lot less experienced, has only recently dropped down to light heavyweight and probably on paper this is a mismatch, depending on Glover’s state of mind. His biggest enemy is himself!
Anderson Silva vs Derek Brunson – Fight to go the distance 6/4
Anderson Silva is widely considered to be the most talented athlete to ever enter the octagon, but without an official win since UFC 153 in 2012, can Anderson break the drought and get back to being in contention for a final run at the UFC title?
With Derek Brunson in the way, who always seems to fall up short when he gets a big fight (against Whittaker, Romero and Jacare) it won’t be an easy test for “The Spider” but I don’t expect Silva to finish Brunson or vice versa. I think it will be a cagey affair with Brunson looking to utilise his wrestling and Silva trying to strike Brunson from range and I think Brunson might be accused of showing Silva too much respect. I hope I eat my words but this seems too good of a bet to turn down.
Treble – Belal Muhammad, Ian McCall & Marcin Tybura – 6/1
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