Former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm needed a win in the worst way today in Singapore. After beginning her career with 10 straight wins, punctuated by a KO of the decade victory over Ronda Rousey, Holm suffered 3 consecutive defeats, the most recent of which was of the controversial variety against Germaine de Randamie at featherweight earlier this year. Holm was able to right to ship and then some against gritty Brazilian Bethe Correia in the main event of the UFC Fight Pass exclusive card.
Both Holm and Correia spent the better part of the first two rounds feeling each other out, so much so to the point that referee Marc Goddard stopped the fight momentarily to urge the fighters to engage. Early into the third round, Correia began taunting Holm, motioning her to come forward and give her the best shot should could muster. Holm would reply with a clean head kick right up the middle that would knock Correia out. The former champ would follow with a punch to a defenseless Correia who wanted absolutely nothing more to do with her opponent.
Holm’s victory was about as satisfying as it gets for a fighter that continues to represent the sport with nothing but class. She improves to 11-3 while Correia drops to 10-3-1. Ranked as the #5 women’s bantamweight in the world before the fight, Holm should jump to #3 with previous wins over the 3rd (Rousey) and 4th (Pennington) ranked fighters in the division.