Live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore is UFC Fight Night 111: Holm vs. Correia.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship brings the show to Southeast Asia for twelve bouts of mixed martial arts action.
Headlining the UFC Fight Pass-only event will be a matchup in the women’s bantamweight division between former champ #5 Holly Holm and former title challenger #11 Bethe Correia.
Holm famously knocked out the long-time bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport. Since that moment, however, Holm has hit a rough patch dropping her title to Miesha Tate in her next outing and coming up on the wrong end of a decision against Valentina Shevchenko. In the first ever UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship bout, Holm faced Germaine de Randamie and was once again on the wrong end of the judges’ cards in a fight filled with controversy.
Correia is coming off a majority draw in a close battle against Marion Reneau. Prior to that outing, Correia squeaked out a split-decision win over Jessica Eye to get off the two-fight losing skid, which included a title challenge against Rousey. The Brazilian fighter will enter the cage against Holm as a heavy underdog at the betting window.
The co-main event will pit 38-year-old former champion #8 Andrei Arlovski against 31-year-old #13 Marcin Tybura in a heavyweight clash that is sure to result in an early finish.
Keep up with the official results below as the card plays out and follow along on Twitter @mmalatestnws for up-to-the-moment action.
UFC Fight Night 111 Official Results:
MAIN CARD – 8AM/5AM ETPT
- #5 Holly Holm (11-3) vs. #11 Bethe Correia (10-3-1)
- Result: Holly Holm def. Bethe Correia via KO (Head Kick), Round 3 – 1:09
- #8 Andrei Arlovski (25-15, 1NC) vs. #13 Marcin Tybura (16-2)
- Result: Marcin Tybura def. Andrei Arlovski via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 28-27, 29-27)
- #7 Dong Hyun Kim (22-4-1, 1NC) vs. Colby Covington (12-1)
- Result: Colby Covington def. Dong Hyun Kim via Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)
- #11 Tarec Saffiedine (16-7) vs. #5 Rafael Dos Anjos (26-9)
- Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Tarec Saffiedine via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD – 4:45AM/1:45AM ETPT
- Takanori Gomi (35-13, 1NC) vs. Jon Tuck (10-4)
- Result: Jon Tuck def. Takanori Gomi via Submission (Rear-naked choke), Round 1 – 1:12
- Cyril Asker (8-3) vs. Walt Harris (10-5)
- Result: Walt Harris def. Cyril Asker via TKO (Punches), Round 1 – 1:44
- Alex Caceres (13-10, 1NC) vs. Rolando Dy (8-5-1, 1NC)
- Result: Alex Caceres def. Rolando Dy via TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage), Round 2 – 5:00
- Justin Scoggins (11-4) vs. Ulka Sasaki (20-4-2)
- Result: Ulka Sasaki def. Justin Scoggins via Submission (Rear-naked choke), Round 2 – 3:19
- Li Jingliang (13-4) vs. Frank Camacho (20-5)
- Result: Li Jingliang def. Frank Camacho via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 28-27, 29-27)
- Kwan Ho Kwak (9-2) vs. Russell Doane (15-7)
- Result: Russell Doane def. Kwan Ho Kwak via TKO (Punches), Round 1 – 4:09
- Naoki Inoue (11-0) vs. Carls John De Tomas (6-1)
- Result: Naoki Inoue def. Carls John De Tomas via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
- Ji Yeon Kim (6-1-2) vs. Lucie Pudilova (7-2)
- Result: Lucie Pudilova def. Ji Yeon Kim via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
UFC Announces Liverpool Event, Darren Till Main Event
Scousers are drowning in celebration this evening. Earlier today, UFC officials announced the addition of a Liverpool show to their 2018 event calendar. Liverpool’s, Echo Arena, plays host for the event, which takes place on May 27th.
Liverpool’s own, Darren Till made the announcement this afternoon with Dan Hardy at the UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov, ceremonial weigh-in. When asked by Hardy what it means to have the UFC in Liverpool, he had this to day, “Words can’t describe it. It doesn’t do it justice, words. So, it’s coming and I’m going to be the first Scousers to ever have done it. In 200 years they’re going to remember my name in combat sports in Liverpool. I’m gonna take someones chin off in Liverpool, that’s what’s happening”.
He was also quoted in an release from the promotion saying, “I can’t believe UFC is finally coming to Liverpool and I’m going to be headlining Echo Arena. My name is going to be remembered in 200 years time for being part of this historical event and I can’t even describe how much that means to me”. Till will headline the card, his opponent is yet to be announced.
In the official release, it quotes David Shaw, Senior Vice President International and Content, claiming, “The stars really aligned for the Octagon to touch down in Liverpool. We have seen such phenomenal demand from fans in the region for a live event. Pair that with having such a rising, local star in Darren Till it made absolute sense to bring our first live event to this historical combat sports city in 2018”.
UFC Liverpool lands on a date speculated for a different venue, in a different country. Reports swirled last month, specifically one from MMAFighting.com, which claimed the May 27th date belonged to the UFCs return to Dublin. A return to Dublin doesn’t seem to fall completely out of the realm of possibility. For now, it remains to be seen.
The UFC also announced two bouts, both in the Middleweight division, booked for the event. Elias Therodorou takes on Trevor Smith, and Daniel Kelly goes up against England’s Tom Breese.
Marco Reyes Flagged for Potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation
Earlier today, UFC officials announced that Lightweight, Marco Reyes was flagged for a potential UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation. The potential violation hails from a sample collected on March 8th, 2018, in an out-of-competition test.
Reyes made his way into the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, season 2. Competing in the lightweight bracket, Reyes defeated Christhian Soto by 2nd rd. TKO of a preliminary round bout. He then went onto to face Horacio Gutiérrez, in the semifinals of the tournament. Gutiérrez defeated Reyes in the opening round by TKO.
Following his elimination from the tournament, the Mexican fighter met Cezar Arzamendia on the series finale, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. Reyes impressively defeated Arzamendia, whom was the first overall pick for Team Gastelum, by 1st round KO.
From there, Reyes defeated Dong Hung Kim (rd. 1, KO), and Jason Novelli (Split Decision) respectively, before falling to rising contender James Vick. Most recently, the Lightweight fighter dispatched Matt Frevola in the opening round, ruining the Long Islanders promotional debut. His bout against Frevola took place at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi, on January 14th of this year.
The UFC statement on the matter reads as follows:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Marco Reyes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on March 8, 2018.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Reyes. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
Dillon Danis to make Pro debut against Kyle Walker at Bellator 198
Mixed Martial Arts officially adopted another incredibly talented jiu-jitsu practioner today. Bellator officials announced today the long-awaited debut of Dillon Danis, whom the promotion had signed in the year previous. After zero amateur and countless jiu-jitsu matches, Danis makes his debut at Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, against Kyle Walker.
Kyle Walker enters the match up also making his Bellator debut. Walker recently made a resurgence in 2016 after taking off, almost exactly, 3 years. Since returning to the professional scene his record is 0-3, losing each fight by stoppage (2 Sub, 1 KO).
Walker looks to snap his streak yet, his opponent could provide a major challenge. In terms of advantages for Walker, he has a massive and obvious one. His experience. Walkers opponent fights for the first time in the sport of MMA. While Danis competed in many top-level jiu-jitsu tournaments and matches, comparing the competition would stop and end upon examining the rule sets. It is quite obvious, the difference. Danis will have a bit of adversity to overcome, in that respect.
In spite of this, Danis’ team, he trains out of the highly regarded SBG Ireland. Even before his MMA training, he trained under Marcelo Garcia. He earned his black belt in April of 2015, following an incredible 2014. In that year, Danis became UAEJJF World Champion, winning gold in the 82 kg (181 lb.) Brown belt category.
The prospect of what that could look like inside the cage is exciting. He may have developed some striking techniques but, the lack of time dedicated to that training in undeniable. Experience and time is required to develop skills of any kind.
Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, takes place on Saturday, April 28th from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Bellator 198 features the third of four preliminary bouts in the promotions Heavyweight Grand Prix, Fedor Emelianenko takes on Frank Mir. It serves as the nights main event. Other bouts on the card feature; Emmanuel Sanchez against Sam Sicilia, Neiman Gracie faces Javier Torres, Rafael Lavato Jr. vs. John Salter, and more.
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