UFC Fight Night 111 took place in Singapore and aired live via UFC Fight Pass at 4:30 am EST on June 17th. I didn’t wake up early enough to watch the card and in typical procrastination fashion, I waited to watch it almost 3 weeks later.
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Women’s Bantamweight – Lucie Pudilova def. Ji Yeon Kim – Decision unanimous – (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Pudilova and Kim traded a lot of blows in a fun and active first round. Kim has a crazy 72 inch reach for a female bantamweight but Pudilova was able to overcome the reach disadvantage and a lot of jabs. Both fighters traded shots standing up in the first round. Kim landed more on counters and connected with several leg kicks. Pudilova landed a superman punch to end the round and even though it was close, I think Pudilova won round one.
The fighters picked up where they left off in the second round landing jabs. Kim continued landing leg kicks. This was another close round but Kim landed two brutal upper cuts and was more active in the clinch earning her the round.
The pace slowed way down in the third. Pudilova initiated every clinch and was separated by the ref after several warnings due to inactivity. Pudilova landed a forearm in the clinch and attempted two guillotine submissions. The fighters went to the ground on the first guillotine attempt from Pudilova and Kim was able to get in top position. Pudilova broke free and got to her feet where she initiated another clinch and attempted another guilltoine to end the round. I believe Kim was the more active fighter in the third but the submission attempts gave Pudilova the slim victory.
Catchweight (131 LB) Naoki Inoue def. Carlos John de Tomas – Decision unanimous – (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Both Inoue and de Thomas are only 20 years old. de Thomas missed weight by 5 pounds weighing in closer to a bantamweight instead of a flyweight. Inoue dominated this fight. All three rounds looked similar as de Thomas landed hard shots and looked good standing up, but was dominated on the ground by Inoue. In all three rounds Inoue would sprawl out to make de Thomas’ back vulnerable. He would then quickly take his back and look for submissions.
de Thomas was in some tough submissions and was able to scramble out of all of them. In the final seconds of the second round Inoue put him in a horrifying looking arm lock but he didn’t tap and was saved by the bell.
In the third de Thomas took the back of Inoue and had a promising position, but he wasn’t able to keep it for long. Inoue was just too fast and too skilled on the ground. In the third on a take down attempt, de Thomas landed some hard elbows to the head of Inoue, some of which looked illegal as they landed to the back on his head. This proved to be accurate later in the round when a huge gash from the back of Inoue’s head gushed blood. Inoue is an impressive fighter at just 20 years old, I would like to see him fight some of the higher level flyweights. A fight between him and Tim Elliot would be fucking bananas.
Bantamweight – Russell Doane def. Kwan Ho Kwak – KO punches – (RD 1 – 4:09)
Kwak looked promising early in his fight with Doane. Kwak landed powerful leg and body kicks that put Doane off balance. Both fighters traded strikes and Kwak landed consistent kicks. In the final minute of the fight Doane landed a knee, and then knocked Kwak out with three rights and a hard left.
Welterweight – Li Jingliang def. Frank Camacho – Decision unanimous – (29-27, 28-27, 29-27)
Camacho came out swinging in the first round which he won. He clipped Jingliang with a right causing him to stumble backwards. Camacho didn’t let up landing more shots. Jingliang was in trouble and hung tough buying time to recover. The fighters went into the clinch where Camacho got into position to score a take down. Camacho let Jingliang back to his feet. Jingliang started landing hard leg kicks establishing some distance. Both fighters traded strikes, jabs and body shots from Camacho and leg kicks from Jingliang who was fighting his way back. Jingliang scored a take down via body slam. Camacho got back to his feet quickly and absorbed a brutal foot stomp in the clinch. Jingliang scored a take down and took the back of Camacho looking for a choke as the bell rung.
The final two rounds were dominated by Jingiang who recovered well from the beating he took in the first. Jingliang landed all kinds of strikes which increased in frequencey as the fight continued in the final minutes. Camacho looked gassed and could barely put weight on his lead leg which had taken a beating. In the final round Jingliang unloaded on Camacho with jabs and kicks which Camacho screamed off. Camacho ran out of energy and stood his ground eating shots that he asked for in the final minute.
Flyweight – Ulka Sasaki def. Justin Scoggins – Submission rear-naked choke – (RD 2 – 3:19)
So much happens in flyweight fights its hard to keep track of. In stead of rehashing the many significant events with a limited vocabulary I am going to describe this fight simply. Scoggins controlled the fight and was overwhelming Sasaki on the ground and standing up until he lost. Sasaki was suplexed in the first seconds of the fight and was dominated on the ground. Scoggins dropped Sasaki multiple times with a hard left and a spinning back kick.
Scoggins continued to dominated up until he scrambled on the ground allowing Sasaki to get into full mount and then on his back. Sasaki wasn’t able to get under the chin of Scoggins but still got the rear-naked tap over the chin. What an unexpected finish.
Featherweight – Alex Caceres def. Rolando Dy – TKO doctor stoppage – (RD 2 – 5:00)
Caceres looked fresh against Dy landed a lot of shots early and defending take down attempts will well time sprawls. He landed a left punch directly on the right eye of Dy which bothered Dy the rest of the fight. Dy kept rubbing his right eye and motioned to the ref in between rounds that something was up with it. Despite only having one working eye, Dy hung tough fighting back landing kicks and hands of his own. Caceres dropped Dy and attempted a rear-naked choke on the ground. Caceres missed on an illegal knee at the end of the first round.
Time was stopped for the doctor to look at Dy in the second round. Dy kept fighting and held his own in the second. Caceres won both rounds landing more strikes but I think the fight would have been great if Dy could see out of his right eye. The ref called the fight after the second round to prevent further injury to Dy. Bother fighters were bummed about the early stoppage.
Heavyweight – Walt Harris def. Cyril Asker – TKO punches and elbows – (RD 1 – 1:44)
Walt Harris is massive, muscular, and scary. He annihilated Asker. Just fucking wrecked him. Asker clipped Harris with a right which he quickly shook off. Harris then dropped Asker with a right left combo and then finished him on the ground with elbows that forced me to flinch. Jesus those elbows were terrifying.
Lightweight – Jon Tuck def. Takanori Gomi – Submission rear-naked choke – (RD 1 – 1:12)
It barely took Tuck a minute to submit Gomi. Tuck landed a head kick and then hurt Gomi with a body kick. Tuck closed in on the compromised Gomi and landed shots softening him up even more. He maneuvered to his back and got under the chin for the rear-naked.
Main Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Welterweight – Rafael do Anjos def. Tarec Saffiedine – Decision unanimous – (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
A former UFC lightweight champ in dos Anjos vs. a former Strikeforce welterweight champ in Saffiedine. This was do Anjos first fight a welterweight, a move several high profile lightweights have made in the UFC recently.
I and two of the judges saw do Anjos win all three rounds. In the first dos Anjos landed a body kick head punch combo before being brought to the ground by Saffiedine who caught one of his kicks. dos Anjos looked for a kemura and Saffiedine looked for a guillotine. The fighters got to their feet in the clinch and traded strikes, Saffiedine threw an elbow in the break. dos Anjos attacked the body with a kick and punch before going into another clinch. dos Anjos scored a takedown and attempted a kemura after Saffiedine got back to his feet. dos Anjos landed a switch knee and a few more blows before the round ended.
There was a delay to start the second round as Saffiedine forgot to put his mouth piece back in and the fighters had to be told several times by the ref to back up. The fighters traded kicks and dos Anjos whiffed on a kill shot. Saffiedine defended the takedown well in this round. dos Anjos had to work hard to bring Saffiedine down to the ground. Saffiedine was aware enough when he was pressed up against the cage to put a knee on the ground to avoid knees to the head from dos Anjos. The illegal knees were thrown anyway but the ref didn’t even acknowledge them. These damn rules. The fighters went in and out of the clinch for the rest of the round.
Saffiedine connected with a right hook and dodged an upper cut in the third round. The pace slowed way down. The two traded strikes and went into some more grueling clinch battles.
Welterweight – Colby Covington def. Dong Hyun Kim – Decision unanimous – (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)
Covington owned Kim. This fight wasn’t close at all and was frankly boring to watch. All three rounds Covington won the long and frequent clinch battles while scoring takedowns. In the second Kim partially threw Covington to the ground and scored another takedown in the third, but besides that he did nothing. Covington was attached to him wearing him down constantly. Covington clipped Kim with a overhand left in the second round.
Covington seems like a real cool dude based on his post-fight interview. He asked for a title shot even though he isn’t ranked in the top 15 and referred to the pairing of him and Masvidal at American top team as “team easy money.” Probably a super cool guy and I want to hang out with him.
Heavyweight – Marcin Tybura def. Andrei Arlovski – Decision unanimous – (29-28, 28-27, 29-27)
This Tybura/Arlovski fight was weird. The 28-27 score from the second judge actually makes sense. Tybura was inches away from earning a first round TKO. He caught a kick and used the leverage to take Arlovski to the ground. On the ground he was relentless in landing ground and pound switching from full mount to his back over and over again. Hammer fists, elbows, choke attempts, all were wearing Arlovski down. Then in the final seconds of the round Arlovski got to his feet and landed multiple rights to show he wasn’t done.
But both of them were done. I guess it was super-hot in the arena as both dudes were gassed after the first with a shiny glaze of sweat covering their bodies. Arlovski responded great in the second starting out aggressive. Then the two fighters went into desperation clinches to catch their breathes. The ref separated them once.
The third round was just two big sweaty dudes trying not to pass out. Tybura scored two takedowns and even though he wasn’t doing much, the exhausted Arlovski couldn’t do anything on his back. Tybura switched to his back to full mount several times mixing in some ground and pound earning himself the victory.
Women’s Bantamweight – Holly Holm def. Bethe Correia – KO head kick and punch – (RD 3 – 1:09)
The first two rounds of the main event between Holm and Correia might have been the most uneventful rounds of MMA I have ever seen. Both did nothing. They were waiting to throw a counter and didn’t want to get clipped. It reminded me a lot of the first four rounds of the Woodley/Thompson rematch. In the second round after not engaging for over 7 minutes ref Marc Goddard stopped them. He could be heard saying “I respect the game plan” but you have to fight.
In the third after another minute of tense patience from both fighters Correia began to taunt Holm. Then Holm dropped her with a shin to her head and finished her off with a brutal left. The replay showed that after getting dropped by the high kick, Correia put her hand up to the ref signaling she was done, but before the ref got to her, she ate the kill shot. Brutal.