UFC Singapore, otherwise known as UFC Fight Night 111: Holm vs. Correia, took place Saturday in Kallang, Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The second fight on the card featured an intriguing welterweight showdown between South Korea’s Dong Hyun Kim taking on Colby Covington. Stun Gun Kim entered the bout on a three fight winning streak — could he keep rolling on in the 170lb weight class, or would Covington play spoiler?
Kim nearly pounced on a Covington slip off a spinning kick right off the bell, but Colby was able to reverse and work to secure a takedown along the fence. Stun Gun, however, was able to power his way back up with Covington still latched on to him. Kim spent much of the first two minutes trying to stay on his feet and break free of Covington, no doubt eating up a lot of energy only to wind up back on his rear from another takedown at the midway point of the first.
Clearly not the start Stun Gun Kim was looking for. While maintaining positional dominance and control, Covington was unable to land much in the way of strikes throughout the first three minutes.
A spinning elbow attempt by Colby Covington woke the fans up with just under a minute left in the round, and also created some space for them to work. However, Covington would opt to push his opponent back up against the fence to close the round.
The second saw Covington add some leg kicks to his arsenal, then shoot in for a takedown. Kim sprawled and added some punches but couldn’t break free of the American, who again took the action to the fence, completing the takedown there. Much to the displeasure of the crowd, the second round mirrored the first.
The obvious issue in the third: Kim would need a stoppage to win. While they’d spend a little more time on the feet early on, it went right back to Covington grinding things out along the fence. That was all she wrote for their UFC Singapore bout.
Colby Covington def. Dong Hyun Kim by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)