Despite the boos, Holly Holm said things went according to plan against Bethe Correia at UFC Singapore.
Holly Holm’s headlining women’s bantamweight bout against Bethe Correia didn’t go down too well with the local fans in Singapore.
‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ and ‘The Pitbull’ were drowned with a chorus of boos due to their inactivity in the first two rounds. At one point, veteran referee Marc Goddard warned the two fighters for their lack of urgency and told Holm and Correia that they needed to kick things up a gear.
Holm must have got the message, because in the third round she crumpled Correia with a perfectly-timed head kick and scored one of the most devastating KO’s of the year.
The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion told reporters at the post-fight press conference that she went into the fight with a cautious gameplan and wasn’t surprised by the boos.
“One of my goals for this fight was to not let it look messy,” Holm said, per MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew. “A lot of times that’s her style, she wants to get in and make it a brawl and make it look messy. I didn’t want it to look messy, I wanted it to be clean.
“I wanted to pick a clean shot. I wanted to do it right and the game plan was not to rush anything. We knew the crowd might boo because it’s the type of game plan that the crowd might boo and as soon as I heard that I thought, ‘I’m the one in here fighting, I’m gonna stick to the game plan and pick the right shot.’”
The Jackson-Wink product landed the same head kick she used to dismantle former WMMA superstar Ronda Rousey at UFC 193, and credited her coaches for the execution.
“I wanted to pick the right kick at the right time and I wanted to listen to my team and what they were coaching me to do,” Holm said. “They saw it open and they called it. That’s one of the things I wanted to do, listen to my team. I failed to do that my last two fights and it cost me the fights. I thought, ‘Tonight, I’m just listening to them. That’s what I’m gonna do. They’re watching it from the outside and I’ll listen to what they say.’”
Despite the early negative reception, Holm is ecstatic with the win and was glad to finally spring back into the winner’s column after suffering three consecutive losses.
“It felt amazing,” she said. “It’s been a long time.”
Holm, a former multi-division boxing world champion, is currently ranked at No. 5 in the official UFC women’s bantamweight rankings.