The women will be on full display tomorrow (Sat., June 17, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 111 live on Fight Pass from inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, as former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm squares off with one-time divisional title challenger Bethe Correia. It will mark Correia’s first main event bid since getting flattened by Ronda Rousey in just 34 seconds at UFC 190.
In preparation for the afternoon headliner, we take a closer look at what both Holm and Correia need to do in order to leave the Octagon with their hand raised. Here are their individual keys to victory.
1. Stick and move…
Despite her recent standup struggles against Germaine de Randamie and Valentina Shevchenko, Holm remains one of the very best strikers at 135 pounds. The former champ is able to do many things that other bantamweights cannot, which is why she’s been able to control the majority of her UFC fights.
Against a raging bull like Correia, Holm would be smart to rely on her ability to land and get out of harm’s way. She has done this countless times in the past and possesses the athleticism and footwork to stick and move on queue in a matchup with Correia. It will be Holm’s best chance to score points, play the role of matador, control the action, and implement her gameplan more and more as the fight moves on.
2. Play the range game…
With a six-inch reach advantage, Holm would be foolish not to expose Correia from distance at UFC Fight Night 111. The former champion is already one of the best strikers in the weight class when it comes to range control, angle work, and in-and-out movement, so she shouldn’t have too much trouble landing from the outer edges on an opponent who often stands stationary.
If “The Preacher’s Daughter” can stretch the cage with her hands early, it could leave Correia susceptible to Holm’s destructive head kicks.
1. Early aggression…
Considering Correia is less technical, athletic, explosive, and skilled on the feet as Holm, it will bode extremely well for the Brazilian if she comes out aggressive. The less time Holm has to adapt to Correia on the feet the better chance “Pitbull” has of landing strikes early and setting the tone.
Correia will obviously be taking a huge risk in plodding forward and putting the pressure on Holm, but de Randamie showed earlier this year at UFC 208 that Holm can be thrown off her game if she’s unable to find her groove early.
2. Counter attack inside…
Not only will Correia be forced to make up for a six-inch reach disadvantage at UFC Fight Night 111, but she’s going to have to figure out how to hit a moving target. Holm is very shifty around the edges and understands how to pepper an opponent with strikes without taking any damage herself.
In order to counteract Holm’s rangy offensive and defensive efforts, Correia must look to get inside and make this main event clash a dirty brawl. Once there, the Brazilian should aim to take a page out of Shevchenko’s book, wait for Holm to strike first, and counter with hooks and combinations.
Prediction: Holm via third-round TKO