SINGAPORE: American MMA fighter Holly Holm broke her three-fight losing streak in Singapore yesterday, 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.

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Holly Holm of the United States (left) competes against Bethe Correia of Brazil during their UFC women’s bantamweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore. AFP
US Holly Holm (centre) celebrates after knocking out Brazil's Bethe Correia (not pictured) during their Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight match at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore. AFP