In the ungodly, wee hours of Saturday morning, UFC Fight Night 111 will kick off in Singapore. The main event, Holly Holm vs. Bethe Correira, might seem a bit lackluster, but don’t be fooled, there is a lot at stake in this fight, particularly for Holm, who is currently on a three-fight skid. A win over Holly would be the biggest of Correia’s career and would likely lead to more high-profile match-ups in the future.
The rest of the card features some real veterans: Andrei Arlovski, Takanori Gomi and Rafael dos Anjos, to name a few. For me, the crown jewels of the event will be “Stun Gun” Kim vs. Colby Covington and one of my favorite action heroes fighters, Li Jingliang taking on Frank Camacho. The real saving grace of such an early morning card is that it’s on Fight Pass, and we all know that Fight Pass pacing is the absolute best.
Let’s dive into the athletes from UFC: Singapore that could mean the pot of points at the end of the rainbow for your DraftKings fantasy teams. The mighty underdog has been shaking up cards right, left and center this year, and this one is no different. Time to get started:
Holly Holm $9,600 / Bethe Correira $6,600
Holly Holm has had a combat sports career few women will ever be able to achieve. She’s a multi-time boxing champion and was the first woman (one of only two) to best Ronda Rousey in caged combat. She’s a very technical striker, mixes in kicks well, but has had very real issues with strong wrestlers and grapplers. She is a very game opponent, but when Bethe presses forward, and she will, that may present another problem for Holm.
Bethe is a very aggressive fighter, willing to trade, and while her technique is isn’t anywhere near the level of Holly’s, she’s fairly effective in a phone booth and relentless to boot. This isn’t going to be some blowout for Bethe, but I lean towards her because she’s been showing slight signs of improvement while Holly has struggled mightily in her latest showings— fights she was the heavy favorite in, yet still lost.
Bethe Correira via DEC
Colby Covington $8,500 / Dong Hyun Kim $7,700
Colby Covington is looking sensational lately, thanks, in large part, to his high-level wrestling. He’s on a three-fight win streak and his confidence is absolutely surging. Kim is also on a three-fight win streak, and while he’s not known for his wrestling prowess, he has excellent takedowns and is a seasoned judoka.
The stand-up is where Kim demonstrates the real advantage, as Covington has shown himself to be an inexperienced striker with gaping holes in his defense. This fight is all about location: if it stays on the feet, the advantage goes to Kim. If it ends up on the ground, it’s Covington’s world. After careful consideration, I’m slightly leaning towards the more experienced Kim.
Dong Hyun Kim via DEC
Jon Tuck $8,800 / Takanori Gomi $7,400
This pairing is your classic match-up of aging legend and aspiring prospect. While Tuck is a tough son-of-a-gun, he has very porous defense and a soft touch in the stand-up. He’s got a diverse array of kicks and is an excellent grappler, but against a seasoned striker like Gomi, he may find getting the “Fireball Kid” to the ground quite a daunting task.
Gomi hasn’t looked good in quite some time, but his losses have come to a higher caliber fighter than Tuck. If Gomi can keep this fight standing and stay in the pocket, he has an excellent chance to snag the victory.
Takanori Gomi via (Y)KO
Luci Pudilova $8,200 / Ji Yeon Kim $8,000
Pudilova and Kim are very close to each other in terms of experience, but Pudilova has the advantage of already having had her first UFC appearance, thus shaking off the dreaded “Octagon jitters” that no fighter ever believes in until they experience it for themselves.
Pudilova demonstrated excellent cardio in her short notice fight against Lina Lansberg and came close to finishing her in the third round of their fight. She has a decent jab, but little defense also evidenced in the Lansberg fight.
Kim is a tough girl and is willing to take a few to give a few. She has a titanium jaw and is content to walk her opponents down, trading shot for shot. She has good grappling skills and a wide array of kicks. This is a tough one to call, but I lean towards Kim here because of her tough-as-nails mentality and superior grappling.
Ji Yeon Kim via SUB
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