CURRENT RECORD: 107-68-1
This weekend the UFC takes us to Singapore for Fight Night 111. Headlining this card is a women’s bantamweight match-up between former champion Holly Holm and former title challenger Bethe Correia. Since her destruction of Ronda Rousey at UFC 193, Holm has yet to get into the win bracket after three attempts. Starting off with 9-0 early in her career, Correia has disappointed since, by going 2-1-1 in her last four outings. Slotting in as co-main event is a big heavyweight contest between MMA veteran Andrei Arlovski and Polish power puncher Marcin Tybura. Elsewhere on the card there are exciting match ups between; Tarec Saffiedine and Rafael Dos Anjos, Takanori Gomi and Jon Tuck, Justin Scoggins will face Ulka Sasaki while Dong Hyun Kim takes on Colby Covington. Another interesting night of fights so be sure to be tuned in, so you don’t miss out!
As always, I will now break down all the main card fights, give my predictions and of course, put my own “Armchair Expert” title on the line.
HOLLY HOLM vs. BETHE CORREIA
“The Preachers Daughter” quickly went 9-0 in MMA before she faced the dominant Ronda Rousey at UFC 193. That night Holm put on a masterclass as she handed “Rowdy” her first ever career loss. But since that outstanding performance, Holm has been winless, losing her last three along with her championship belt. Holm is still without a doubt one of the best strikers in women’s MMA and just needs to find that fluidity and killer instinct once again. Bethe Correia also went 9-0 before facing Ronda Rousey, unfortunately for Correia her night ended quickly; 34 seconds to be precise. Correia is a relentless striker, often pushing forward and firing off shots wildly before clinching an opponent up. This fight should remain standing for the duration and Correia will give six inches of height to Holm. I still believe Holm can recapture her bantamweight belt and her last two results have been more unlucky than bad performances. I’m expecting her to get the victory here and possibly a late stoppage.
Holm by knockout.
ANDREI ARLOVSKI vs. MARCIN TYBURA
Former UFC heavyweight Andrei Arlovski was once the most feared heavyweight in the world. Nowadays, that fear has begun to dwindle as the sambo experts chin has started to show. “The Pitbull” is on a disastrous four fight losing streak; with three out of four ending by TKO and the fourth by submission. If Arlovski can’t keep his chin tucked in for this fight then he could be in line for another early night. Marcin Tybura has really turned a corner as fighter in his last two contests stopping both Luis Henrique and Viktor Pesta by TKO/KO. “Tybur” has started to use his heavy hands aggressively and is always searching for the early finish. Tybura is on the up and a win here over a well-known former champion will certainly do his title aspirations no harm but I just don’t think you can count out “The Pitbull”. Arlovski has been there and done it all and I know his chin has been tested badly lately but he is such a smooth counter puncher that I can see him inflicting damage of his own. I’m going out on a limb here and backing Arlovski to claim the knockout.
Arlovski by knockout.
DONG HYUN KIM vs. COLBY COVINGTON
Dong Hyun Kim is a seasoned veteran who has been and around the top end of the welterweight rankings for some time. “Stun Gun” has only lost once in his last eight and that was against the champion Tyron Woodley. Kim has fought and beat some of the best talent the division has to offer and will be looking to continue that trend here. Colby Covington has a record of 11-1, that one loss coming against Warlley Alves. “Chaos” has steadily been improving and uses his exceptional wrestling to pin his opponents to the mat. Once there, it’s difficult to shake off the champion wrestler. I think Kim has faced fighters like Covington before and he will be aware of the dangers of his wrestling abilities. Kim should have enough of a takedown defence to keep this fight on the feet and connect enough to claim a decision victory.
Kim by decision.
TAREC SAFFIEDINE vs. RAFAEL dos ANJOS
This fight will mark the first outing at welterweight for Rafael dos Anjos since making the decision to move up from lightweight. RDA hasn’t fought since losing to Tony Ferguson in November last year. Dos Anjos is a strong handed southpaw with a solid ground game so it will be interesting to see how or if his game plan changes now at a new weight class. Tarec Saffiedine has now lost two on the trot, with a UFC record of 2-3. The Belgian has mastered many martial arts but has yet to combine them all into his performances inside the Octagon. I feel this is a well suited match-up for these fighters and it will be about who grasps the opportunities early to decide the victor. My feeling is RDA will hold his own here and claim the win on the judges’ scorecards.
RDA by decision.
Best of the Rest.
Takanori Gomi vs. Jon Tuck
Tuck to win.
Cyril Asker vs. Walt Harris
Harris to win.
Alex Caceres vs. Rolando Gabriel Dy
Caceres to win.
Justin Scoggins vs. Ulka Sasaki
Sasaki to win.
Li Jingliang vs. Frank Camacho
Jingliang to win.
Kwan Ho Kwak vs. Russell Doane
Ho Kwak to win.
Naoki Inoue vs. Carls John de Tomas
De Tomas to win.
Ji Yeon Kim vs. Lucie Pudilova
Pudilova to win.
Bet of the Day.
The adventurous bet: all 12 predictions in an accumulator is about 1055/1.
The inbetweener bet: Pudilova, Caceres, Harris and Kim to win is 8/1.
The conservative bet: Holm to win by KO is 6/5.
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