UFC Singapore may have gone down half a world away, on Fight Pass, in the early hours of the morning, but there were several fighters that staked their claim as prospects to keep an eye on.
And, of course, Leon Edwards went from ‘prospect’ to ‘contender’ with a victory over long-time veteran Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Currently riding a six-fight winning streak, Edwards is in no hurry to leapfrog the contender’s list at welterweight, calling out Jorge Masvidal for a bout in his hometown of Birmingham.
Respect is earned not given pic.twitter.com/SbD8MRuAoj— Leon 'Rocky' Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) June 24, 2018
Cerrone entered the matchup as one of the greatest fighters never to win a major belt; the hard-fought loss, especially after feeling so sick he wanted to pull out of the bout, takes nothing from his legacy.
Donald Cerrone about to make his 38th UFC/WEC/Strikeforce/PRIDE walk. The only fighters with more appearances between the four organizations are Wanderlei Silva (40) and Dan Henderson (40). #UFCSingapore— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) June 23, 2018
Petr Yan was probably the most exciting prospect on the card; he put Teruto Ishihara away in one round with clinical footwork and deadly accuracy.
Yadong Song comes second on the card’s prospect list. The athletic bantamweight landed this picture-perfect glancing elbow that shut Felipe Arantes’ down.
Jake Matthews, who has been in the UFC since 2014 despite only being 23 years old, has been putting the wins together after a rough patch, and submitted Shinsho Anzai with this dominant rear-naked choke. If he continues to improve, he could turn into a contender in his own right at welterweight.
There were other great finishes, of course. Shane Young scored one for New Zealand.
Ulka Sasaki got another rear-naked choke at flyweight
And Song Kenan levelled Hector Aldana with this right hand
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Enjoy your Sunday, Maniacs!