The UFC returns to Singapore with a welterweight showdown between Donald Cerrone and Leon Edwards this Saturday.
Timezone gods rejoice. The UFC is back this weekend but at a reasonable hour for European fans, particularly those of us living in Ireland and the UK.
The action kicks off at 9:30am (BST) with preliminary action kicking off over on UFC Fight Pass.
BT Sport 2 have the main card action where you will be able to see Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (33-10-1 NC) take on Birmingham, England’s Leon “Rocky” Edwards (15-3)
The Main Event
The build up for this fight may have gone under the radar somewhat but Cerrone has reignited the heat for the bout with his comments during the week.
Speaking to MMAFighting.com during the week, Cerrone was less than pleased with the way Leon Edwards had been conducting himself in the lead up to the contest.
He’s a real cocky, arrogant motherfucker…. I’m not impressed with him…. When we did a media tour, he just wanted to be angry all the time…. I’m a fucking veteran of this sport…. Kept saying “You’re old, I’m young”…. You best tell your momma when you get home that an old dude just beat your ass.
Cerrone, who has the most wins inside the Octagon in UFC history (21) is not one to mince his words and feels ready ahead of his battle with the Englishman this Saturday.
This will be the third time that Cerrone has fought an Englishman in his career (Paul Kelly and Darren Till) and the 35 year old has prided himself in derailing hype trains and has Edwards firmly in his sights.
As for Leon Edwards, he is well aware that knocking off Cerrone will be a real feather in his cap and could be the victory he needs to really propel himself up the ladder in the UFC’s welterweight division.
Edwards’s latest victory was in March of this year when he tied the UFC’s latest finish – incidentally on the same night – against Peter Sobotta at UFC London.
Currently riding a fight win streak, Edwards knows that he has good boxing to trouble Cerrone but it’s his wrestling that is extremely under rated.
Cerrone also has a black belt in BJJ and the mat may not be where Edwards wants the fight to go given how comfortable he is off his back.
If Edwards can slip a few punches early, it may play into Edward’s hands and rattle “Cowboy” a bit.
It’s an interesting fight but there’s certainly more for Edwards to lose than there is for Cerrone to gain you feel.
Rest of the Card
As you would expect, the rest of the card features a lot of Asian fighters hoping to make waves in the promotion.
Ovince Saint-Preux (22-11) and Tyson Pedro (7-1) do battle in a light heavyweight contest in the evening’s co-main event. The former will be hoping to get back on track to a potential title shot after a disappointing showing against Ilir Latifi earlier this year when he was submitted in the first round of their fight.
Pedro also has a loss, indeed his only loss to Ilir Latifi also and the Australian has been making some serious noise since joining the UFC and has finished all of his opponents throughout his career with 5 SUB’s and 2 KO/TKO’s to his credit.
UFC Singapore Card
Main Card (BT Sport 2 – 1pm BST)
- Donald Cerrone vs. Leon Edwards
- Tyson Pedro vs. Ovince Saint Preux
- Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Jessica Eye
- Daichi Abe vs. Li Jingliang
Prelims (UFC Fight Pass – 9:30am BST)
- Teruto Ishihara vs. Petr Yan
- Felipe Arantes vs. Song Yadong
- Rolando Dy vs. Shane Young
- Hector Aldana vs. Song Kenan
- Shinsho Anzai vs. Jake Matthews
- Yan Xiaonan vs. Viviane Pereira
- Naoki Inoue vs. Matt Schnell
- Jenel Lausa vs. Ulka Sasaki
- Ji Yeon Kim vs Melinda Fabiana