Former UFC women's champ Holly Holm to headline UFC Fight in Singapore on June 17
SINGAPORE - Former UFC women's bantamweight champion Holy Holm will headline the global mixed martial arts promoter's UFC Fight Night: Singapore event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 17.
The 35-year-old American, who shot to fame when she knocked out Ronda Rousey with her famour head kick at UFC 193 in Melbourne in Nov 2015, will be returning to the bantamweight division after failing to win the inaugural UFC featherweight title, and will take on Bethe Correia.
Holm is seeking to end a three-match losing run that ironically began after her win over Rousey. She lost in her first title defence to Miesha Tate in UFC 193 in March, and then lost out by unanimous decision to Valentina Shevchenko in another UFC event four months later.
Holm then bulked up and entered the featherweight division in a bid to win the inaugural women's title. But she lost to Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208 in February via unanimous decision albeit in controversial circumstances.
According to media reports, at the end of the second and third rounds, de Randamie continued to throw punches after the horn had sounded and the referee stepped in.
The first set of punches visibly wobbled Holm, who had already stopped fighting. The referee did not take a point on either occasion, which crucially affected the result of the fight.
Correia (above. Photo: Getty Images), a veteran who fell to Rousey when she challenged for the title in August 2015, returns to the Octagon® following a majority draw against Marion Reneau in March.
UFC Fight Night: Singapore marks UFC's return to Asia after a 19-month hiatus.It is the Las Vegas-based organisation’s latest crack at expanding its foothold in the birthplace of martial arts.
The MMA promoter has held shows in Asia from Tokyo to Manila previously, but analysts say the efforts have yielded mixed returns on their investment compared to record-breaking triumphs in North America.
Signing Holm to the Singapore card is also probably UFC's effort to go one up on ONE Championship's Dynasty of Heroes at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 26 whose main event features popular atomweight champion Angela Lee taking on Istela Nunes De Souza in her second title defence.
Singapore-based ONE Championship is the main player behind the MMA explosion in Asia claiming 90 percent of the region’s market share. It has hosted more than 50 shows in 13 cities across Asia to date with more than a dozen events confirmed for this year.
Canada-born Lee, who is just 20, is popular in Singapore and the region because of her links to the Republic.She has a Singaporean father and trains at Evolve MMA gym when she is based here.
Other eye-catching fights on the UFC Fight NIght: Singapore card include the welterweight clash between ex-lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and Tarec Saffiedine, another welterweight fight between Dong Hyun Kim and Colby Covington, and former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski taking on Marcin Tybura.
Tickets for UFC Fight Night: Singapore go on sale today (April 13) and are priced at S$378, S$248, S$128, S$98, and S$58. For more info, go to www.sportshubtix.sg