UFC Fight Night Singapore Preview – Cowboy takes on another young Brit in his 3rd straight main event

The UFC returns to Singapore on Saturday when Donald Cerrone takes on a British upstart in Leon Edwards in the Main Event. This fight will mark Donald Cerrone’s third main event in a row. The first one he lost within a round against Darren Till, the second one he won within a round when he beat Yancy Medeiros. Edwards finally takes a massive step up in competition, something he has been asking for for a long time.

Women’s Flyweight: Jessica-Rose Clark (-140) Vs. Jessica Eye (+110)

Jessica-Rose Clark has had some good luck since her UFC Debut, She defeated Bec Rawlings by a split decision after stepping up as a short notice replacement. Then, she was able to capitalize on Paige VanZant’s hand injury by outpointing her a few months later. Jessica Eye is a natural Flyweight who has been fighting at Bantamweight for the majority of her career. In her last bout, she defeated Kalindra Faria by a Split Decision. I am going to take Jessica Eye in this battle, I believe that her level of competition over her career is lightyears ahead of Clarks. Jessica Eye Def. Jessica-Rose Clark

Light Heavyweight: Ovince St. Preux (+105) Vs. Tyson Pedro (-135)

OSP is a world-class Light Heavyweight and has been a contender in the division since the UFC absorbed the Strikeforce Roster. The only real problem with OSP is that when he faces the upper-echelon of the division, he falters. He is 3-4 in his last 7 but he hasn’t lost to anyone who he was necessarily supposed to defeat. His losses were to Jon Jones, Jimi Manuwa, Volkan Oezdemir and Ilir Latifi. Tyson Pedro is 7-1 as a professional and has impressive victories over the likes of Khalil Rountree, Paul Craig and Saparbek Safarov. Pedro can win a fight standing up or on the ground as his game is very well rounded. Tyson Pedro is now looking to move up in the rankings and a win over OSP will help him do that and has a very realistic chance of happening. Tyson Pedro Def. Ovince St. Preux

Welterweight: Donald Cerrone (+160) Vs. Leon Edwards (-200)

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has had a weird few years. During his tear in 2016 when he moved up to Welterweight,  he defeated the likes of Alex Oliveira, Patrick Cote, Rick Story and Matt Brown, but everything changed when he ran into Jorge Masvidal’s aggressive style. He then lost to Robbie Lawler and Darren Till back to back. In his last fight, Donald was able to defeat upstart Yancy Medeiros within a round and get back to his winning ways. Overall, he is 5-3 at this latest run in the welterweight division. Leon Edwards is another upstart competitor who has made an impressive run to get to where he is now. In my opinion, the best fighter he has beaten to get to where he is now is Vicente Luque which worries me as Cerrone has foughten much higher caliber opponents. The Question to ask here is “Does Cowboy still have the drive to fight?” and the answer to that is always yes, he still has a few years left in him as he is only 36, past his prime yes but not too far that he should consider hanging up the gloves. I’ve got Cerrone winning because I don’t put too much stock in his recent losses. In the till fight, a natural Lightweight lost to a natural Middleweight, The Lawler fight was close and Lawler was world champion at one point, and the Masvidal fight I really don’t have an excuse for… But still, that’s 2 out of 3. Also, Edwards tires out in the later rounds and Cerrone is a notoriously slow starter, In a five round fight, I see Cerrone being able to wear Edwards down.  Donald Cerrone Def. Leon Edwards

Other Selections:

Welterweight: Li Jingliang (-335) Def. Daichi Abe (+275)

Bantamweight: Petr Yan (-475) Def. Teruto Ishihara (+375)

Featherweight: Felipe Arantes (-115) Def. Yadong Song (-105)

Welterweight: Song Kenan (-275) Def. Hector Aldana (+235)

Welterweight: Jake Matthews (-500) Def. Shinsho Anzai (+385)

Featherweight: Shane Young (UNL) Def. Ronaldo Dy (UNL)

Women’s Strawweight: Nadia Kassem (UNL) Def. Yan Xiaonan (UNL)

Flyweight: Matt Schnell (+165) Def. Naoki Inoue (-190)

Flyweight: Ulka Sasaki (-285) Def. Jenel Lausa (+245)

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