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Off night for Dy, De Tomas as they suffer losses in respective UFC debuts

David McIntyre/USA Today
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--The UFC is a different level of MMA supremacy, and both Rolando Dy and CJ De Tomas learned it the hard way.

The two Filipino fighters succumbed to their respective opponents at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday night.

De Tomas fell prey to Japanese opponent Naoki Inoue in a battle of unbeaten fighters making their maiden stint in the UFC.

Inoue quickly turned the tides late in the first round and eventually came close to submitting De Tomas in the second round.

De Tomas had a shot at overturning the outcome as he connected on an elbow to Inoue early into the third, but the latter maintained his form and dominated the former anew on the ground.

Inoue got identical 30-26 scores from the three judges for the unanimous decision win, which is his 11th in the same number of fights. De Tomas fell to 8-1.

Meanwhile, Dy, a late replacement for the fight card, bowed to veteran American opponent Alex Caceres.

Caceres quickly scored a knockdown against Dy, the son of Philippine boxing legend Rolando Navarette, and forced a swelling on his right eye 10 minutes into their match.

The octagon physician found the swelling on Dy's eye too huge that he decided to call the fight off, giving Caceres the TKO win, his 13th overall against 10 losses. Dy dropped to 8-5-1.

In the headliner, Holly Holm snapped a three-fight losing streak by knocking out Bethe Correia.

Holm connected on a high kick to Correia that sent her down the canvass while following up with a knee to her head that knocked her out.

Holm, who won for the first time since stunning Ronda Rousey in 2015, moved up to 11-3, while Correia slipped to 10-3-1.