Holly Holm returns to 135 lb, meets Correia in UFC Fight Night 111 headliner
Holly Holm is returning to the weight class where she once held UFC gold in hopes of getting back on track, according to MMAJunkie.
Holm (10-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC), the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, will attempt to break out of her current three-fight slump when she takes on Bethe Correia (10-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC) in June’s UFC Fight Night 111 headliner.
UFC officials today confirmed the bout following an initial report from MMAFighting.com.
UFC Fight Night 111 takes place June 17 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though broadcast plans and bout order have yet to be finalized.
Holm, No. 10 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, drops back down to 135 pounds after she fell short of becoming just the fourth fighter in UFC history to win titles in two weight divisions when she lost a unanimous decision to Germaine de Randamie in the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight championship fight at UFC 208.
The defeat marked Holm’s third in a row after she scored a stunning upset of Ronda Rousey to win her first UFC title at UFC 193 in November 2015. She subsequently dropped the gold to Miesha Tate by submission at UFC 196 in March 2016, then would experience the first losing skid of her combat sports career in a decision loss to Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on FOX 20 in July.
Although “The Preacher’s Daughter” was never particularly eager to fight at featherweight, she took the opportunity against de Randamie. Now she returns to the weight class she’s called home for the majority of her MMA career.
No. 14-ranked Correia, meanwhile, will look to hand Holm another upset loss in what would be the most significant victory of her own career. “Pitbull” is coming off a majority draw with Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 106 in March, but instead of a rematch, will get the showdown with Holm.
The fight will mark the second UFC headliner of Correia’s career. She suffered a 34-second knockout loss to Rousey in the UFC 190 main event in August 2015 in what remains the only stoppage loss of her career.
With the addition of the main event, the UFC Fight Night 111 card now includes:
- Holly Holm vs. Bethe Correia
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Marcin Tybura
- Russell Doane vs. Kwan Ho Kwak
- Takanori Gomi vs. Jon Tuck
- Ulka Sasaki vs. Justin Scoggins
- Cyril Asker vs. Walt Harris
- Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tarec Saffiedine
- Carls John de Tomas vs. Naoki Inoue
- Colby Covington vs. Dong Hyun Kim
- Alex Caceres vs. Wang Guan