MMA: Holm ends losing streak with knockout

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SINGAPORE - American MMA fighter Holly Holm broke her three-fight losing streak in Singapore, knocking out Brazilian Bethe Correia with a kick to the head.

The bantamweight fight was the headliner fight card, Ultimate Fighting Championship's return to Asia after a 19-month absence.

The pair got off to a slow start with barely any contact in the first two rounds, prompting boos from the Singapore Indoor Stadium crowd.

Responding to a taunt in Round 3, Holm delivered a head kick that sent Correia crashing to the canvas and finished her opponent off with a punch.

"I picked the shot I wanted and got the finish... We figured she would get frustrated and that's what opened up the opportunity for the head kick," Holm said.

Holm ended top star Rhonda Rousey's unbeaten run in 2015 with a similar move, a defeat she never bounced back from.

First UFC Fight Night in Singapore

  • Holly Holm of the United States reacts after knocking out Bethe Correia of Brazil during their UFC women’s bantamweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Holly Holm of the United States celebrates with her team after knocking out Bethe Correia of Brazil during their UFC women’s bantamweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Holly Holm of the United States reacts after knocking out Bethe Correia of Brazil during their UFC women’s bantamweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Holly Holm of the United States competes against Bethe Correia of Brazil during their UFC women’s bantamweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Holly Holm of the United States competes against Bethe Correia of Brazil during their UFC women’s bantamweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • US Holly Holm walks away after knocking out Brazil's Bethe Correia (down) during their Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight match at the UFC Fight Night on June 17, 2017 in Singapore.
  • Medical teams check on Bethe Correia of Brazil after she was knocked out by Holly Holm of the United States during their UFC women’s bantamweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Holly Holm of the United States reacts during an interview after knocking out Bethe Correia of Brazil during their UFC women’s bantamweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • US Holly Holm goes through a body search before her Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight match against Brazil's Bethe Correia at the UFC Fight Night on June 17, 2017 in Singapore.
  • Andrei Arlovski of Belarus competes with Marcin Tybura of Poland (top) during their UFC heavyweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Andrei Arlovski of Belarus competes with Marcin Tybura of Poland (L) during their UFC heavyweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Andrei Arlovski of Belarus competes with Marcin Tybura of Poland.
  • Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea competes against Colby Covington of the US during their UFC welterweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea competes against Colby Covington of the United States.
  • Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea competes against Colby Covington of the US during their UFC welterweight event.
  • Colby Covington of the United States reacts to the crowd after a fight against Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea in their UFC welterweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Colby Covington of the United States reacts to the crowd after a fight against Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea in their UFC welterweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Tarec Saffiedine of Belgium competes against Rafael dos Anjos of Brazil during their UFC welterweight at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Tarec Saffiedine of Belgium competes against Rafael dos Anjos of Brazil during their UFC welterweight at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Rafael dos Anjos of Brazil reacts after defeating Tarec Saffiedine of Belgium in their UFC welterweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Rafael dos Anjos of Brazil hugs a team member after defeating Tarec Saffiedine of Belgium in their UFC welterweight event.
  • Rafael dos Anjos of Brazil celebrates with team members after defeating Tarec Saffiedine of Belgium in their UFC welterweight event.
  • Cyril Asker of France competes against Walt Harris of the US during their UFC heavyweight fight at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Cyril Asker of France competes against Walt Harris of the US during their UFC heavyweight fight at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Cyril Asker of France lies on the mat after being knocked out by Walt Harris of the US.
  • Walt Harris of the US reacts after knocking out Cyril Asker of France during their UFC heavyweight fight.
  • Walt Harris of the US reacts after knocking out Cyril Asker of France during their UFC heavyweight fight.
  • Walt Harris of the US reacts after knocking out Cyril Asker of France during their UFC heavyweight fight.
  • Justin Scoggins of the US competes against Ulka Sasaki of Japan during their UFC flyweight fight at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Justin Scoggins of the US competes against Ulka Sasaki of Japan during their UFC flyweight fight at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Li Jingliang of China competes against Frank Camacho of the Northern Mariana Island in the UFC welterweight event during the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Li Jingliang of China (R) competes against Frank Camacho of the Northern Mariana Island in the UFC welterweight event during the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
  • Rafael dos Anjos of Brazil stands on a weighing scale during the UFC Fight Night official weigh-in in Singapore on June 16, 2017.
  • Tarec Saffiedine of Belgium stands on a weighing scale during the UFC Fight Night official weigh-in in Singapore on June 16, 2017.
  • Tarec Saffiedine of Belgium and Rafael dos Anjos of Brazil face off against each other during the UFC Fight Night official weigh-in in Singapore on June 16, 2017. They will compete in the UFC welterweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17.
  • Colby Covington of the US stands on a weighing scale during the UFC Fight Night official weigh-in in Singapore on June 16, 2017.
  • Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea stands on a weighing scale during the UFC Fight Night official weigh-in in Singapore on June 16, 2017.
  • Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea and Colby Covington of the US face off against each other during the UFC Fight Night official weign-in in Singapore on June 16, 2017. They will compete for the UFC welterweight title at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17.
  • Bethe Correia of Brazil stands on the weighing scale during the UFC Fight Night official weigh-in in Singapore on June 16, 2017.
  • Holly Holm of the US stands on the weighing scale during the UFC Fight Night official weigh-in in Singapore on June 16, 2017.
  • Holly Holm of the US and Bethe Correia of Brazil face off against each other during the UFC Fight Night official weigh-in in Singapore on June 16, 2017. They are competing against each other in the UFC women's bantamweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17.
  • Bethe Correia of Brazil speaks to reporters during the UFC Fight Night media event in Singapore on June 15, 2017.
  • Bethe Correia of Brazil speaks to reporters during the UFC Fight Night media event in Singapore on June 15, 2017.
  • Holly Holm of the US speaks to reporters during the UFC Fight Night media event in Singapore on June 15, 2017.
  • Holly Holm of the US and Bethe Correia of Brazil face off against each other during the UFC Fight Night media event in Singapore on June 15, 2017.
  • Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea and Colby Covington of the US pose for photographers during the UFC Fight Night media event in Singapore on June 15, 2017.
  • Tarec Saffiedine of Belgium and Rafael dos Anjos of Brazil face off against each other during the UFC Fight Night media event in Singapore on June 15, 2017.
  • Tarec Saffiedine of Belgium and Rafael dos Anjos of Brazil pose during the UFC Fight Night media event in Singapore on June 15, 2017.
  • Colby Covington of the US speaks to reporters during the UFC Fight Night media event in Singapore on June 15, 2017.
  • Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea attends the UFC Fight Night media event in Singapore on June 15, 2017.
  • Rafael dos Anjos of Brazil speaks to reporters during the UFC Fight Night media event in Singapore on June 15, 2017.
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