Previewing UFC Fight Night 132
The UFC returns to Singapore almost a year since their last visit and brings a Top 15 Welterweight matchup featuring a fan favorite. The UFC was in Singapore in June of last year, and they return early on Saturday morning in the Eastern Time zone. The prelims start at 4:30 am on Saturday and the 4 fight main card is at 8 am all on UFC Fight Pass. The card is really highlighted by the main event as Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (33-10 1NC #11 Ranked Welterweight) takes on Leon “Rocky” Edwards (14-3 #13 Ranked Welterweight). The card also features a ton of fighters who fought at Fight Night 122 in Shanghai back in November. The card for sure is underwhelming in terms of star power, but some of the matchups have a lot of intrigue. This should be a fun card to kick off your Saturday morning, plus everyone made weight with no issues so that’s a huge plus. Let’s break down the 13 fights we have in Singapore.
We start the night at Women’s Flyweight as Ultimate Fighter Alum Melinda Fabian (4-3-2) is set to take on Ji Yeon “Firefist” Kim (7-1-2). Melinda Fabian’s UFC debut ended in a draw, but there were flashes with her striking that impressed. Her grappling is where she has made her bones in her MMA career. She has 4 submission wins to her name. She has lost twice to UFC fighters, but that was very early in her career. Her first round exit in The Ultimate Fighter tournament was obviously disappointing, but she for sure showed massive improvement in that UFC debut. Ji Yeon Kim rebounded from her first career loss in her UFC debut to take a split decision win home in January. Kim has gone to the judges both time in the UFC, and 4 times overall in her career. She also has 3 submission wins. And this one could turn into a grappling contest for sure. Prediction: Melinda Fabian via Decision.
We flip right over to Men’s Flyweight as Jenel “The Demolition Man” Lausa (7-4) takes on Ulka Sasaki (20-5-2). Jenel Lausa started his UFC career with a submission win in November of 2016. However, 2017 was not as friendly to the Philippines native as he dropped two straight decisions. Lausa is now in desperate need of a win to guarantee his UFC roster spot. In reality, he would like to add to his 2 career knockouts or 2 career submissions. Lausa certainly has the talent, and at 29 he is just now entering that athletic prime that is talked about he could turn this UFC stint around. Ulka Sasaki has gone 2-2 in his last 2 fights with only 1 of those fights reaching the judges. Sasaki has fought former title challengers and has been in there with some of the best the UFC has to offer. Sasaki just has not been able to put it together in the UFC. He should have the advantage on the mat with 11 submission wins to his name. If Sasaki can get this down to the mat early he could walk away with a much-needed win. Prediction: Ulka Sasaki via Decision.
We stick to the Flyweight division as next we get Matt “Danger” Schnell (11-4) entering the cage against undefeated Naoki Inoue (11-0). Season 24 of The Ultimate Fighter Alum Matt Schnell finally got his first UFC victory after two straight first-round knockouts in October of last year. S If he can close the distance and make this fight ugly he has a chance to walk away with another win. Naoki Inoue made his UFC debut at the event in Singapore last year. He now enters the cage with a UFC win under his belt and an undefeated record. Inoue isn’t going to knockout many, but his submission game is on point. He has scored 7 career wins via submission. If this fight goes to the mat he will have the decided advantage. The UFC may have something with this guy if he can continue to take home victories at 125lbs. Prediction: Naoki Inoue via Submission.
We head to Women’s Strawweight as Viviane “Sucuri” Pereira (13-1) takes on Xiaonan “Nine” Yan (8-1 1NC). Viviane Pereira dropped her first career fight her last time out in November of 2017. Prior to that she had won 13 fights in a row including 4 knockouts and 2 decisions. Pereira was overmatched on the mat her last time out, but at 24 is most certainly still getting better. She is going to have to be mindful of the power of her opponent, but if she can get this into a clinch battle against the fence she can get back in the win column. Yan Xiaonan walked away from her UFC debut with a hard-fought decision win in November of 2017. Xiaonan has a decent amount of power with 5 career knockouts on her record. She showed some great durability in that UFC debut. She will want to keep this fight standing as long as possible and use her superior striking if she wants to make it two wins in a row. Prediction Xiaonan Yan via TKO.
We head next to Welterweight as Shinso “Animal” Anzai (10-2) steps into the cage to take on Jake “The Celtic Kid” Matthews (13-3). Following a loss in his UFC debut, Shinzo Anzai has rebounded with 2 straight victories. Anzai will look to keep this standing for sure. He has 7 career knockouts to his name, and his power is what got him to the UFC’s dance. He will have his hands full with Matthews and the three-inch height disadvantage he will have. Anzai can certainly get it done, but he will have to be smart with how he goes about it. For Jake Matthews everything is starting to come together. He has won 2 straight decisions. At 23 Matthews is still in the very early stages of his MMA career despite already having 16 fights. He’s been in the UFC since 2014 and has fought on some really big cards in his native Australia. He now has a chance to really start to build upon these wins, and show how much he has continued to grow as a fighter. Prediction: Jake Matthews via TKO.
Up next in the Welterweight Division we get Kenan “The Assassin” Song (13-4) taking on Hector “El Charro” Aldana (4-0). Kenan Song certainly made a splash in his UFC debut with a 15 second knockout in Shanghai in November of 2017. Song has some obvious power with 5 career knockouts. He also has a sneaky submission game with 6 career submissions. Song has trained with the Jackson Wink team for a long time, so there is also a pedigree there. If he can come out and impress again he could have a meteoric rise at 170. Hector Aldana has not had a professional fight since 2013. He did compete in Season 2 of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, where he lost in the semifinals. Aldana has some serious power. The question here will become can he overcome the ring rust after being away for so long. Those fights on The Ultimate Fighter were in 2015. This is going to be a real tall task for Aldana here in Singapore. Prediction: Kenan Song via Submission.
We head down to Featherweight as Rolando “Dy Incredible” Dy (9-6-1 1NC) is set to take on Shane Young (11-4). Rolando Dy finally got his first UFC win via decision back in November of 2017. Dy had dropped 2 straight decisions prior to that. Dy will need to keep this one standing, and more than likely he will work to get this one to the judges. That is where most of Dy’s fights end up, but he certainly is in each fight. For Shane Young the 24-year-old New Zealand native is coming off a loss in his UFC debut. Young has 5 career knockouts and 4 submission wins. All 4 of his losses have come via decision. He can finish a fight, and he will certainly have a chance to do it on Saturday. If he can go in there and use his striking that first UFC victory is most certainly available. Prediction: Shane Young via TKO.
We head next to Bantamweight as Felipe “Sertanejo” Arantes (18-9-1 2NC) takes on Song Yadong (10-3 2NC). Felipe Arantes has dropped 2 straight via decision. The 30 year old Brazilian has been up and down in his UFC career that started in 2011. He is rather well rounded having 7 knockouts, 6 submissions, and 5 decision wins. He is most certainly in need a big showing in Singapore, or this could be the last time we Sertanejo in the UFC. For Yadong Song his UFC debut in Shanghai last November ended in a first-round submission victory. Song has won 4 straight and is looking to start to build a win streak. He certainly has his hands full with such a veteran like Arantes. If he can keep this fight standing he will certainly have a better chance. Prediction: Felipe Arantes via Submission.
We close out the Fight Pass Prelims with Teruto “Yashabo” Ishihara (11-5-2) taking on Petr “No Mercy” Yan (8-1) in his UFC debut. Teruto Ishihara has dropped 3 of his last 4, and has seen the judges in all 4 of those fights. Ishihara has some serious power however, it just hasn’t been on display recently. He is 3-3-1 ion the UFC and really needs to turn it around. Ishihara is always an entertaining fight, however. He is willing to stand and trade with anyone, and he will most certainly try that Saturday. Former ACB Bantamweight Champion Petr Yan will be looking to make a splash in his UFC debut. The 25-year-old Russian native enters the cage on a 3 fight win streak. Yan has 3 knockouts on his name, and ill be looking to try his best to end this one early. This one should be a really fun fight, and potentially a debut of a new real contender at 135lbs. Prediction: Petr Yan via Decision.
We head to the main card and Li “The Leech” Jingliang (14-5) returns to take on Daichi Abe (6-1). Li Jingliang had a 4 fight win streak snapped in a 3 round decision in February. The power of Jingliang is where he shines. He is going to make sure to get his hands going quickly in this matchup. Jingliang however also has a decent ground game. He was on the verge of some serious matchups before dropping that last fight. His experience should be the biggest difference in this one. Daichi Abe dropped his sophomore fight in the UFC, and has seen the judges in both of his appearances. Abe is another guy with power who has 4 career wins via knockout. He will need to be smart on his feet again Jingliang, but if he can land that big shot he will score a gigantic upset. Prediction: Li Jingliang via Submission.
We get a Top 10 Women’s Flyweight bout next as Jessica-Rose Clark (8-4 1NC #9 Ranked Women’s Flyweight) takes on Jessica “Evil” Eye (12-6 1NC #10 Ranked Women’s Flyweight). Jessica-Rose Clark has scored 2 straight decision victories in her 2 UFC bouts. Overcoming a home invasion, robbery, and murder of her cat in the week leading up to her last bout she still scored an impressive unanimous decision win. Clark has been very impressive and the Invicta FC and Titan FC veteran is looking to make her way to a Top 5 fight. Clark has won via decision 5 times, but has also scored 2 knockout and 2 submission wins. Jessica Eye rebounded from a 5 fight losing streak with a win in January of 2018, which was her first win since 2014. The move to 125lbs may be the ticket for her. She struggled with the size difference at 135lbs Eye is very talented, she just hasn’t put it all together at the UFC level. She is another fighter that hits the judges a lot, so this could be a fight that goes to the scorecards. Prediction: Jessica-Rose Clark via Decision.
A heavy hitting Co-Main event is next as Ovince Saint Preux (22-11 #7 Ranked Light Heavyweight) is set to take on Tyson Pedro (7-1 #13 Ranked Light Heavyweight). For Ovince Saint Preux a disappointing submission loss snapped a 3 fight win streak. OSP has fought the who’s who the UFC has to offer at 205lbs. He has brutal knockout power, but his grappling is also very good. His use of the Von Flux choke has been unprecedented on the mat. At 35 now is the time for OSP to try and get in to another title fight. That road could start right here with a win of the highly touted prospect Tyson Pedro. For Tyson Pedro this fight is a chance to prove he is a serious contender. He rebounded well from his first career loss to score a first round submission his last time out. The hard hitting 26 year old Australian is also no slouch on the mat. He has 5 career submission victories, so if this fight does go to the ground he will certainly be comfortable. This one is going to be a really fun fight with two potential title challengers. Prediction: Tyson Pedro via TKO.
We head to the Main Event and two top 15 Welterweights close the show as Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (33-10 1NC #11 Ranked Welterweight) takes on Leon “Rocky” Edwards (14-3 #13 Ranked Welterweight). Donald Cerrone snapped a 3 fight win streak with a big 1st round knockout in February. We know what he wants to do it, and it is to stand and kick box with his opponent. Cerrone has been around a long time, and his game plan has never changed. The question becomes about his chin, and if it is still there. He certainly has been rocked more recently in his fights, but he still packs a huge punch. His kicks are some of the best the UFC has to offer. People also always sleep on his ground game, but he is a guy with 16 career submissions. A win here for Cerrone gets him right back in the Top 10 mix for sure. For the 26 year old Leon Edwards this is by far the biggest fight of his career. He comes in riding a 5 fight win streak. He scored a very late finish his last time out. Edwards has 2 losses in the UFC, both by decision. He can absolutely get it done. If he pressures Cerrone early, and follows that blue print he could make the biggest splash of his young MMA career. Prediction: Donald Cerrone via Decision.
The Singapore isn’t exactly a stacked one. This however is just the beginning of a big upcoming summer of fights for the UFC. With the success, the Contender Series has had, and the Fight Night cards being better than expected lately maybe that is a good sign for the UFC. The next cards after this are the International Fight week cards which are always bangers. This card certainly is top heavy for sure, but hopefully, the under card can surprise. Either way an early Saturday morning card is nice for a change, and the UFC continues to break into this market.