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UFC Fight Night: Holly Holm Vs Bethe Correia – Recap

UFC Fight Night: Holly Holm Vs Bethe Correia – Recap

FightGeek - June 18, 2017
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Former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm returned to the win column on Saturday with a spectacular third-round knockout over Bethe Correia to cap off an action-packed card from Singapore.

Holm entered the fight with three straight losses, so she knew this was a make or break moment if she wanted to get back into title contention. Holm stuck to her game plan early by not over extending in her striking attack while waiting for the normally aggressive Correia to come after her.

While the first two rounds didn’t produce a ton of exciting exchanges, Holm changed all that in the third round after Correia smiled and taunted at her while standing in the center of the Octagon. A moment after Correia threw her hands into the air, Holm answered with a beautifully timed kick that hooked around the Brazilian’s defense and landed flush against the face.

Correia crashed to the canvas before Holm delivered one final shot to put an exclamation point on her performance as she celebrated her first win since knocking out Ronda Rousey with a similar head kick back in 2015.

Despite a tough run in her most recent fights, fantasy players had this main event fight well scouted, with an overwhelming 91 percent picking Holm to win and another 70 percent saying that she would get the job done by knockout.

In the co-main event, Marcin Tybura pulled off one of the bigger upsets on the card as he earned a unanimous decision win over former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski. Tybura got the victory after a grueling three-round battle, with 32 percent of fantasy players picking him in the matchup on Saturday.

Colby Covington also picked up a huge win as an underdog with a lopsided decision over top 10-ranked welterweight Dong Hyun Kim. Covington was picked by only 31 percent of players, but he won in a rout as he picks up a signature win while undoubtedly making his first appearance in the UFC rankings next week.

The upsets ended on the main card with former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos picking up his first win at 170 pounds as he defeated Tarec Saffiedine after three rounds. Going into the fight, 83 percent of fantasy players had picked Dos Anjos, with another 65 percent correctly predicting that he would win by decision.

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