UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia Preview
A preview of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night event set to take place in Singapore.
Updated: June 14, 2017 • 6:54 PM ET
Holly Holm is still looking for her first victory since a miraculous win over Ronda Rousey.
The UFC will make its long-awaited return to Asia on Saturday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. The UFC Fight Night event will feature a women’s bantamweight matchup between former champion Holly Holm and former title challenger Bethe Correia.
Since her shocking head-kick knockout of Ronda Rousey, Holm looks to get back to her winning ways, as she’s currently riding a three-fight losing streak. She lost the title she took from Rousey to Miesha Tate at UFC 196 last March, and was then victim to a lopsided decision loss to Valentina Shevchenko.
Despite losing two in a row, Holm was given the chance to fight for the newly adopted women’s featherweight title at UFC 208, but she ultimately lost a controversial decision to Germaine de Randamie. In the close fight, Holm was hit twice after the round was over, causing plenty of controversy once the decision didn’t go her way.
Correia has one victory in her last four fights. She put together a three-fight winning streak to earn the right to challenge Rousey for the title, but lost badly. Since then, she hasn’t looked like the same fighter.
Both Holm and Correia are in need of a win, and neither can afford for another fight to fall in the hands of the judges. Holm’s solid striking background gives her the advantage to finish the fight on the feet, and Correia’s jiu-jitsu experience gives her the advantage to finish the fight on the ground.
Also on the main card is a bruiser between former heavyweight champion and No. 8 ranked Andrei Arlovski versus No.13 ranked heavyweight Marcin Tybura.
In his last eight fights, Arlovski cruised to a four-fight win streak, but then followed the spurt with a four-fight losing streak. Before his losing streak, Arlovski was considered by many to be one win away from another shot at the heavyweight title. A win on Saturday keeps him in the top 10, while a loss may drop him out of the top 15.
Tybura is on a two-fight winning streak, scoring knockouts in both fights and one Performance of the Night honor. A win over a proven fighter and former champion would launch Tybura into the top 10.
Another interesting main card feature will be a welterweight fight between No. 11 welterweight Tarec Saffiedine and No. 5 ranked lightweight and former champion, Rafael dos Anjos. This will be dos Anjos’ welterweight debut after he admitted to having problems cutting down to 155 pounds. In January, dos Anjos told ESPN that he passed out three times while cutting weight before his title fight against Eddie Alvarez in July 2016.
Dos Anjos has had a storied career in the UFC, which has seen him gain wins against fighters such as Donald Cerrone, Nate Diaz, Benson Henderson, and Anthony Pettis. A win over a ranked opponent in his welterweight debut should result in an intriguing matchup for his next fight and a spot in the welterweight division’s top 15 as well.
Saffiedine is 2-3 in the UFC since making his debut in 2014. His biggest win came in January 2016 by defeating Jake Ellenberger via unanimous decision. A win over dos Anjos may not make him fly up the rankings, but it does give him the marquee win over a name that he needs to land on everyone’s radar.
All fights on the UFC Fight Night card can be seen on UFC Fight pass.