UFC Singapore was a fantastic card for Fight Night standards. Although the card wasn’t the deepest on paper, it delivered on the night and treated fans to some outstanding action. From the thirteen fights and seven finishes, three moments in particular standout for me as the most memorable from the card.
Petr Yan’s Debut
Entering into the UFC as one of the best and most exciting (non UFC) Bantamweights in the world, Petr Yan had hefty expectations placed on his shoulders. For many fighters, their UFC debut can be one of the toughest fights of their career. Luckily, the weight of the moment in no way diminished Petr Yan‘s performance and he was able to put forward an outstanding first-round knockout win over Teruto Ishihara. Yan’s performance was dominant, electrifying and by far one of the best from the card.
Chaotic Three Minute Light-Heavyweight Battle
Although matchups between elite Light-Heavyweights are few and far between when they do take place they have the potential to be some of the most entertaining fights on the calendar. Tyson Pedro and Ovince Saint Preux enforced this theory when they put forward three chaotic minutes of heavy-hitting violence last night. Getting off to a fast start, Tyson Pedro was able to land two beautiful question mark kicks and drop OSP with a straight right within the first minute of the fight. After surviving a standing guillotine attempt from Pedro, OSP was able to buy his time and recover as the pair clinched against the cage. When Pedro attempted an overeager body lock takedown, OSP was able to reverse the attempt and end up in top position. From there he immediately began to set up a kimura grip on Pedro’s far side arm – fighting off the resistance from Pedro, OSP then modified his attack to a straight armbar submitting Tyson Pedro in the first round. This was an incredible fight and a fantastic showcase for some of the Light-Heavyweight divisions best talent.
Shane Young Grits his Way to Victory
After being dominated in his first UFC fight against Alexander Volkanovski, Shane Young dedicated every inch of his being to winning this fight against Rolando DY. From the start of fight week through to the end of the fight, Shane Young displayed ridiculous determination and intensity. Young made both himself and everyone watching believe that there was zero chance of him losing this fight. This outstanding mindset translated perfectly to the fight and made for one of the most entertaining matchups of the night. Shane Young pushed forward from the opening bell until the end of the fight — pushing his opponent to his limit before crushing him with a devastating elbow in the second round. This was an outstanding performance by Shane Young and an incredible showcase for the power of a fighters mindset.