UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards Preview
A preview of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card, set to take place in Singapore.
Updated: June 22, 2018 • 11:25 PM ET
Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone is one of the most popular fighters in the UFC.
The UFC will fly into Singapore on Saturday and feature a welterweight fight between a fan favorite and a contender on the rise. No. 11 ranked welterweight Donald Cerrone will take on No. 13 Leon Edwards in a fight that will determine different paths for the winner.
Cerrone will make his 28th appearance in a UFC Octagon, and he’ll try to make history by gaining his 21st victory in the UFC, which would pass future Hall of Famers Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre. Cerrone most recently defeated Yancy Medeiros by first-round TKO in February. For the 35-year-old Cowboy, the victory over Medeiros was a solid recovery from a three-fight losing streak that followed a four-fight winning streak after moving up to welterweight.
Besides being one of the most durable fighters on the UFC roster, Cerrone has achieved other heights such as 17 appearances since 2014, six head-kick knockouts (most in UFC history) and the most leg kicks landed (315) in the company’s history. He has defeated fighters such as Matt Brown, Benson Henderson, Eddie Alvarez, Edson Barboza, Patrick Cote and Jeremy Stephens. A victory over Edwards would prove that even at 35, Cerrone is still a threat to any contender in the welterweight division.
Edwards is on a five-fight winning streak and is 7-2 in the UFC since making his debut in 2014 at just 22 years old. His last fight was a third-round TKO victory over Peter Sobotta in March, but Cerrone represents his toughest challenge to date. A victory for the 26-year-old fighting out of Birmingham, England would further strengthen an already booming welterweight division.
Edwards is 15-3 overall and will bring tremendous striking speed and power to the Octagon on Saturday. Of his seven victories, three have come by finish and the other four were lopsided unanimous decision wins. A triumph over Cerrone would be his biggest to date and could catapult him into the top 10 of the rankings and earn him a high profile fight with a top contender in the division.
Saturday’s co-main event will be a light heavyweight fight between No. 7 Ovince Saint Preux and No. 13 Tyson Pedro. Saint Preux is 3-4 in his last seven fights and most recently lost to Ilir Latifi in February. He has had his ups and downs in the UFC, but he’s a great example of a fighter that when he’s up, he’s one of the most dangerous in the division. Saint Preux has defeated fighters such as Corey Anderson, Yushin Okami, Mauricio Rua, Patrick Cummins and Gian Villante.
Pedro is a 26-year-old from Australia, who is trying to prove that he belongs in the top 10 of the division. He’s 3-1 in the UFC with three finishes, and his lone loss was to Latifi. Saint Preux would represent a high profile victory and what Pedro needs to announce his presence as a real threat to challenge for the light heavyweight title.
The rest of the main card
Women’s flyweight fight - No. 9 Jessica-Rose Clark vs. No. 10 Jessica Eye
Welterweight fight - Li Jingliang vs. Daichi Abe
UFC Fight Pass early prelims
Bantamweight fight - Teruto Ishihara vs. Petr Yan
Bantamweight fight - Felipe Arantes vs. Song Yadong
Featherweight fight - Rolando Dy vs. Shane Young
Welterweight fight - Song Kenan vs. Hector Aldana
Welterweight fight - Shinsho Anzai vs. Jake Matthews
Strawweight fight - Viviane Pereira vs. Yan Xiaonan
Flyweight fight - Matt Schnell vs. Naoki Inoue
Flyweight fight - Jenel Lausa vs. Ulka Sasaki
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