The UFC flies to a different time zone this Saturday in Asia, as the MMA outfit stages UFC Fight Night 132 in Singapore. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Leon Edwards headline the event filled with potentially explosive showdowns. Read on for an overview of each match in the main card.
Betting Preview for UFC Fight Night 132 – Featuring the Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs Leon Edwards Welterweight Bout on June 23, 2018
Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang, Singapore
When: Saturday, June 23, 2018
TV Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Currently ranked 11th in the division, Cerrone will look to climb up a few notches when he takes on the much younger Edwards. Cerrone is riding the momentum of his win over Yancy Medeiros via a first-round knockout back in February which snapped a three-fight winless streak. Cerrone likes to fight standing up but he’s not afraid to get down and dirty on the mat, as he has 16 wins by way of submission. He is a busy striker, as evidenced by his 4.24 strikes er minute average. The 35-year-old Cerrone keeps a 33-10-0 record with one no contest. Edwards (14-3-0) is younger by nine years to Cerrone, and is presumable more athletic and quicker. He also seems to have forgotten what it’s like to lose as his last loss came in 2015. Since then, Edwards has stitched together five consecutive wins. Edwards has the reach advantage over Cerrone (74-73) and leg reach edge (43-40).
WRITER’S PREDICTION: Cerrone wins via decision.
Saint Preux (22-11-0) has the physical tools to wreak havoc in the UFC, which he was doing during a recent three-fight undefeated streak. But just when it looked like he was getting it together, he took a loss at at the hands of Illir Latifi in a UFC Fight Night match back in February in which his striking defense was thoroughly abused, taking 25 shots from Latifi before losing in the first round by way of submission. Still, Saint Preux is beast that is hard to underestimate. He is launching 2.7 strikes per minute with a 1.21 takedown average. Pedro will look to put his nice mix of stand up and ground game in order to neutralize Saint Preux. Pedro landed 12 strikes in his win via submission over Saparbek Safarov back in February. Pedro, who owns a 7-1-0 slate has five wins in his career by way of submissions. He is also nine years younger than the 35-year-old Saint Preux .
WRITER’S PREDICTION: Saint Preux wins via decision.
Jessica-Rose Clark (-140) vs. Jessica Eye (+110)
This fight has the potential to be a barnburner. Clark, who is 9-4-0 with a no contest in her career, is still undefeated inside the UFC octagon. She is 2-0 in the UFC with wins over Bec Rawlings back in November and Paige VanZant lat January. The Australian is a technical striker who finds excellent angles to counter. She averages 5.2 strikes per minute, showing how great her cardio is. Eye, meanwhile, will look to capitalize on her two-inch reach advantage. The American is coming off a morale-boosting victory against Kalindra Faria in January which showed her resoluteness and determination, eking out a split-decision win despite eating 38 shots.
WRITER’S PREDICTION: Eye wins via split decision.
Jingliang (14-5-0) is not the smoothest of fighter to say the least. He shows up in fights always optimistic that sheer brute will lead him to a victory. In his most recent fight, he went toe to toe with Jake Matthews, exchanging blows all throughout the match, which ended with him taking home a loss via decision. Prior to that, however, Jingliang was on a four-match undefeated run that included three knockout wins. Like Jingliang, Abe (6-1-0) was engaged in a slugfest in his last outing in which he traded 63 blows for 63 blows in a loss by way of decision to Luke Jumeau. Considering that both fighters average over 4.1 strikes per minute, this match is expected to light up the fireworks right from the get-go.
WRITER’S PREDICTION: Jingliang wins via knockout.
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