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On Saturday the UFC returned to Singapore with an exciting Fight Night event featuring a plethora of former champions and top contenders.
In the main event, former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm is set to do battle against former title challenger Bethe Correia.
Before the elite bantamweights square off, the UFC once again presented a full day’s worth of intriguing matches.
Flyweights were given the opportunity to shine on MMA’s biggest stage as Naoki Inoue fought Carls John de Tomas on the prelims.
Both fighters started the fight by trading leg kicks. After both fighters land strong punches, Tomas landed a powerful takedown. Inoue immediately got to his feet and engaged in a clinch. Tomas went for a takedown, but Inoue managed to take his back. Inoue then went for a rear-naked choke, but Tomas did everything he could to fight it. Tomas escaped and secured top position. Inoue then got to his feet and got Tomas back on his back. The round ended with Inoue landing strikes from the top.
Inoue came out more aggressive to start the second round. Tomas struggled to close the distance between him and his opponent. Inoue began landing punching and kicking combinations at will. Tomas was active with his striking but rarely connected. Tomas went for a takedown, but once again Inoue took his back. Inoue then used a rear-naked choke to take mount. He went for an armbar but transitions back to Tomas’ back. Inoue then went for a triangle and transitioned into an armbar, but Tomas escaped. Inoue once again got Tomas back. The round ended with Inoue locking in an armbar but ran out of time.
Both fighters were more hesitant to start the final round. Inoue went for a takedown, but Tomas began landing vicious elbows. Inoue then managed to once again take his opponent’s back. On the ground, Inoue smothered Tomas with strikes and submission attempts. Tomas fought his way back to his feet and went for a takedown of his own. Inoue went for Tomas’ leg, but Tomas then secured his back. Inoue then reversed positions and got Tomas back onto his back. The fight ended with Inoue landing ground-and-pound.
Naoki Inoue def. Carls John de Tomas by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)