Holm Pays Off Chalkeaters at Fight Night 111

Jason Lake

Saturday, June 17, 2017 9:36 PM UTC

Saturday, Jun. 17, 2017 9:36 PM UTC

Former Women’s Bantamweight champion Holly Holm was a big chalk on the UFC odds board, and she was still good value in Saturday’s knockout win over Bethe Correia.

Now that’s more like it. Holly Holm was winless in three fights after upsetting Ronda Rousey for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title, but The Preacher’s Daughter is back in the win column after knocking out Bethe Correia (+400) in the third round of Saturday’s main event at Fight Night 111 in Singapore. We recommended Holm at –569 on the UFC odds board; the lines were fairly stable in the days leading up to the fight, but if you shopped around, you could have bought Holm as low as –460.

It wasn’t all that difficult a choice. Saturday’s bout was perfectly engineered for Holm to come in, do some damage in a low-pressure situation, and restore some of her marquee value. But the fight itself was a mixed bag. Holm waited out Correia for the first two uneventful rounds, driving everyone in the arena (and many of those watching on UFC Fight Pass) mental. Then the Brazilian hand-delivered the opening Holm was waiting for. Correia dropped her guard and taunted Holm, who replied with a crushing left high kick and a devastating uppercut at 1:09 of the third round. Wham-bam, thank you ma’am.

It’s a Trap

Chalk turned out to be the right UFC pick for each of the four fights on the main card – and virtually the entire preliminary card. Former Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (–220) had a particularly interesting matchup with Tarec Saffiedine; this was dos Anjos’ first crack at the Welterweight division, and he beat the former Strikeforce champ via a well-deserved unanimous decision.

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I felt bit scared, and ii was a very tough fight but because of the fans, I didn't give up and I was able to go forward.

— 佐々木憂流迦 (Ulka Sasaki) (@ulkasasaki) June 17, 2017

The one significant upset of the evening was in the Flyweight division, where Japan’s Ulka Sasaki earned himself Performance of the Night honors by making Justin Scoggins (–550) tap out to a rear-naked choke in the second round. Scoggins dominated the first round, and nearly put away Sasaki early in the second before the underdog found an escape route and took his opponent’s back for the surprise win. This was like the Millennium Falcon getting to the Death Star through that reactor shaft. If that won’t get you to subscribe to UFC Fight Pass, I don’t know what will.

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