Former UFC women’s champ Holly Holm earned her first win since 2015 on Saturday (June 17), with a devastating KO of Bethe Correia.
In front of fans in Singapore for UFC Fight Night 111, Holm delivered a left leg kick that immediately buckled Bethe and sent her to the mat, before pouncing with a follow-up left as the referee stepped in at the 1:09 mark of the third round.
With an intense look, Holm performed her signature backflip celebration with longtime coach Mike Winkeljohn
“I know she can make it look messy and I know we heard a lot of boos in the first round,” Holm said. “But I wanted to make it look as clean as possible.
“I’m going to enjoy this night right now, enjoy the victory. It’s been a year-and-a-half since I was able to do a backflip in here.”
In the buildup to UFC Fight Night 111’s main event, Correia referred to Holm as “overrated”… but respected the power she has in her kicks. Throughout the fight, Bethe (10-3-1) opted not to go after her feet, as Rousey did. Instead, she sat back and attempted to counterpunch, allowing her to land some strikes… but never had Holm in trouble.
For Holm (11-3), the knockout was her first win since shooting to stardom in November 2015 after stunning Ronda Rousey with a knockout win. Following that fight, he suffered losses to Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko, and Germaine de Randamie.