This weekend the UFC will return to Singapore for the third time with a Fight Pass exclusive Fight Night event. The card features twelve solid matchups and is headlined by a fantastic Welterweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Leon Edwards. These are the top five reasons why you should watch this card.
It’s on a Saturday Night!
Due to differing time zones, watching the UFC, for myself and every Australian MMA fan, has become a Sunday morning ritual. Although watching on a Sunday is much more pleasant than the 3:00 am slog that UK fans endure, it is still far from ideal. UFC Singapore is going to present Australian fans with an extremely rare chance to see the UFC on a Saturday night. The ability to watch fights at night and not stare at a screen all day on a Sunday is as good as any reason to watch this card.
At only 23 years of age, Jake Matthews is about to make his tenth UFC appearance. Throughout his UFC run Matthews hasn’t always found success but he has learned valuable lessons and stood across from some of the best fighters in the world — James Vick and Kevin Lee just to name a few. Every time he competes, one word comes to mind time and time again and that is potential. In his last fight against Jingliang Li — his second at Welterweight — Jake began to show glimpses of not only potential but maturity. This fight against Shinsho Anzai is going to serve as a showcase for Matthews and the great improvements he has made in his game.
Petr Yan’s UFC Debut
One of the most exciting Bantamweight prospects in the world, 25-year-old Russian Petr Yan will be making his UFC debut against Teruto Ishihara in the headlining bout of the prelims. Petr Yan is an extremely talented and entertaining fighter and will be the third former ACB champion to join the UFC in recent years, behind Gadzhimurad Antigualov & Zabit Magomedsharipov. This matchup, aside from potentially being the fight of the night, is going to serve as a great introduction to a potential future contender.
OSP vs Tyson Pedro
The current lack of depth in the Light-Heavyweight division has seen a major decrease in the number of matchups between the divisions elite. That is why matchups such as OSP vs Tyson Pedro should be relished. This fight is a sensational cross-roads bout between one of the divisions most active veterans and one of it’s most promising up-and-comers. This is going to be an exciting pick-em fight that could be won by either man in any manner. The winner of this bout will likely be launched into a fight with a top 5 contender and will possibly be one or two wins away from a shot at the title.
The Return of Cowboy
It is quite likely that Donald Cerrone will end his career as one of the best fighters to never hold a UFC title. And that is okay. Cowboy is going to be remembered as the truest representation of an ‘anywhere any time’ fighter.
His current career path is one that I believe not only suits him but greatly benefits the division. As of late Cowboy has found himself in a routine of fighting young up-and-coming Welterweights in Fight Night main events around the world. This role essentially makes Cowboy the perfect gatekeeper for the Welterweight division. Three fights in a row, Cowboy has given potential Welterweight contenders a shot at both their first Main Event and their first big named opponent. So far Cowboy is 50-50 in these fights but has produced spectacular results none the less. In the first of these matchups, we saw Cowboy bested by an, at the time, unranked Darren Till who has now gone on to be a top-five contender. In the second fight, we saw Donald produce a vintage performance and deny Yancy Medeiros his entry into the divisions elite. This weekends fight against Leon Edwards is going to be another fantastic gatekeeper style matchup for Cowboy and one that could quite easily produce similar results to either of the previously mentioned. Whether we see the birth of a new Welterweight contender or another classic Cowboy performance, this fight is going to be well worth your time.