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UFC ‘Singapore‘ start time, TV schedule, who is fighting today at ‘Cowboy vs Edwards’

After a week off, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back in action as UFC Fight Night 132 is set to go down today (Sat., June 23, 2018) inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. The Fight Pass event will feature a Welterweight showdown between Donald Cerrone and Leon Edwards. In the co-main event, Tyson Pedro faces Ovince Saint Preux in Light Heavyweight action.

What’s Hot:

Leon Edwards has been steadily climbing the Welterweight ladder, winning five in a row since losing to Kamaru Usman. His fight against Cerrone, however, is his most high-profile bout to date, as “Cowboy” has long been one of the most beloved fighters in the sport. It’s a bout that got “Rocky” his first-ever headlining gig. Now, he is out to make the most of it as he hasn’t been quite in what he plans to do to Cerrone once the cage door slams shut. It’s those predictions that didn’t sit too well with Donald, as he uncharacteristically has been firing back some venom of his own.

While it’s not the usual laid back “Cowboy,” the tension between the two should make for an interesting showdown. It’s an opportunity for Leon to score his sixth straight and shoot up the rankings, while Cerrone can show the young pups in the game that the old dog isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.

What’s Not:

The start time. I highly doubt anyone is going to get up at 4:30 to watch the prelims. 8 a.m. is more bearable to start watching fisticuffs, which is when the main card begins. But those are the breaks when UFC decides to go international. And since UFC prefers to provide live services instead of going with replays like Bellator MMA does, that is simply the way the cookie crumbles.

Original Card vs Actual Card:

Ulka Sasaki stepped in to replace and injured Ashkan Mokhtarian to face Jenel Lausa. Other than that little adjustment, the card pretty much remained intact from the onset.

Injuries:

As stated above, Ashkan Mokhtarian was the only person struck by the injury bug, as he was forced out of his Flyweight fight against Jenel Lausa.

New Blood:

Peter Yan will put his three fight win streak on the line when he steps into the Octagon for the first time to face Teruto Ishihara, who is coming off a loss at UFC 221. Yan leaves Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) as its defending bantamweight champion, so he has the chops to make some noise inside the Octagon. For a more detailed look at Yan, click here.

How The Prelims Look:

The prelims aren’t anything to write home about, unfortunately, as the underbelly features plenty of international talent that most aren’t familiar with. I can’t say one single prelim bout rally sticks out to me, to be honest.

Who Needs A Win Badly:

While it’s not a do-or-die situation, Jessica Eye needs to pick up another win to show she isn’t fading after suffering four straight losses prior to defeating Kalindra Faria, which by the way was a razor-thin split decision victory. Eye has the tools to be successful, she needs to to put it all together on a more consistent basis.

Interest Level: 5/10

It’s just not a good card, aside from the few interesting bouts on the main card. The headlining bout should be fire, but I am also intrigued by the co-main event which will see Tyson Pedro look to collect his fourth UFC win against longtime Octagon veteran Ovince Saint Preux. Both of their last defeats came at the hand of Ilir Latifi. Furthermore, Jessica Rose-Clark will look for her fourth straight win after picking up two straight UFC wins over Bec Rawlings and Paige VanZant. A win over Jessica Eye will prove once again Jessica isn’t here to mess around and is a force to be reckoned with at 125 pounds.

Fight Card:

UFC Fight Night 132 Main Event:

170 lbs.: Donald Cerrone vs. Leon Edwards

UFC Fight Night 132 Main Card (8 a.m. ET):

205 lbs.: Tyson Pedro vs. Ovince Saint Preux

125 lbs.: Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Jessica Eye

170 lbs.: Daichi Abe vs. Li Jingliang

UFC Fight Night 132 Prelims (4:30 a.m. ET):

135 lbs.: Teruto Ishihara vs. Petr Yan

145 lbs.: Felipe Arantes vs. Song Yadong

145 lbs.: Rolando Dy vs. Shane Young

170 lbs.: Hector Aldana vs. Song Kenan

170 lbs.: Shinsho Anzai vs. Jake Matthews

115 lbs.: Nadia Kassem vs. Yan Xiaonan

125 lbs.: Naoki Inoue vs. Matt Schnell

125 lbs.: Jenel Lausa vs. Ulka Sasaki

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