UFC Fight Night in Singapore was a treat for Eastern fans of MMA. The 4AM EST start time offered up a 13 fight card headlined by Donald Cerrone and Leon Edwards. Heading into the main event Cerrone was aiming to obtain a win that would put him as the UFC fighter with the most all time wins. The UFC Fight Pass broadcast was a different experience than usual, with the card moving faster than what you would see on a FOX show. The show had a variety of exciting fights, with a ton of them staying standing up the whole time. Live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium, UFC Fight Night started with Melinda Fabian against Ji Yeon Kim.

 

  1. Starting off the prelims was Melinda Fabian versus Ji Yeon “Firefist” Kim in the Flyweight division. The program did not have any early-prelim fights, but instead had a long prelim card (6 fights). Kim had a significant 5.5 inch reach advantage. Fabian had more a hoppy way of standing while Kim kept her feet planted. Kim landed a hard strike near the end of round one that made Fabian switch into a defensive mode. Up until then they were both swinging away. The second round was very close, with the only distinctive advantage being Kim landing hard strikes every once in a while. Kim showed that she had a very strong right hand. The fight went the distance, with both of the fighters showing tons of appreciation towards each other after the horn went. The judges gave the fight to Ji Yeon Kim via split decision (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28)

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Kim 10 10 9 29
Fabian 9 9 10 28

 

  1. Staying in the Flyweight division we saw Japan’s Ulka Sasaki face Jenel “The Demolition Man” Lausa. Sasaki had a 5 inch height advantage, being the tallest UFC Flyweight (5’10). Within seconds of the first round Sasaki sprinted towards Lausa and went for a takedown. Almost all of the first round was on the ground. In the second round Lausa had more room for boxing, which he was better at. Sasaki failed upon multiple attempts to get a takedown. The fight found its way back to the ground where Sasaki put Lausa in a Rear Naked Choke, making him tap. After the fight he called out Sergio Pettis.

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Sasaki 10
Lausa 9

 

  1. In another Flyweight fight, Naoki Inoue faced Matt Schnell. The first round of the fight was standing only. The round was very close, with Schnell being the more aggressive of the two. The second round was nearly identical to the first. In the third round we finally got a takedown attempt from Schnell. His attempt was blocked and so was Inoue’s which happened right after. They stayed standing for the rest of the round. The judges gave Matt Schnell the win via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28)

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Inoue 9 10 9 28
Schnell 10 9 10 29

 

  1. Finally leaving the Flyweight division and moving over to Strawweight, Yan Xiaonan faced Viviane Pereira. The first two rounds of the fight were standing only, with Xiaonan completely being in control. Pereira showed more life in the second round. The final round was also completely strikes, with the two fighters completely hammering away in the final 10 seconds. The judges unanimously thought that Yan Xiaonan (29-28, 29-28, 30-27). When Bruce Buffer announced that she won, the ref raised Pereira’s hand, causing some confusion.

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Xiaonan 10 10 10 30
Pereira 9 9 9 27

 

  1. The fifth fight on the prelims was Jake Matthews against Shinsho Anzai. Anzai walked out to the oh-so relevant Limp Bizkit’s “Rollin”. Australian Matthews got an Aussie chant for him when the first round started. Matthews had a strong first round with solid strikes and a takedown. He put Anzai into a Rear Naked Choke for an early submission. Matthews earns another win in the Welterweight division.

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Matthews
Anzai

 

  1. Hector Aldana experienced his first fight outside of North America against Song Kenan next. In the first round of the fight Aldana started to bleed a significant amount around his right eye. When checked after the first round, the cut looked like it was deep in the eyelid. Aldana had very powerful kicks and takedowns in the first round. In the second round there was a pause in the fight due to a groin kick to Aldana. When the replay was shown on screens the crowd showed sympathy for Aldana. With 20 seconds left in the second round Kenan floored Aldana with a overhand right. He finished the bout after some strikes on the ground.

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Aldana 10
Kenan 9

 

  1. Switching from Welterweight to Featherweight, Shane Young fought Rolando Dy. At the halfway point of round 1 both fighters landed strikes that shook them. Around a minute to go in the round Dy acted like he got hit in the groin. The ref didn’t stop anything so Young continued to fight. Dy started to really bleed in the second round. Dy got stopped hard by a punch near the end of the second round. Dy stayed standing, but dropped a few strikes later, making the ref stop the bout. After the fight Young gave an interesting interview which is worth watching.

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Young 10
Dy 9

 

  1. Song Yadong versus Felipe Arantes was next. Arantes had quite the charismatic walkout. The first round was very close and hard to call. Both fighters seemed re-energized going into the second round. Just as the second round was nearing its end, Yadong hit Arantes with an elbow while against the cage, ending the fight. The crowd absolutely exploded for this.

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Yadong 10
Arantes 9

 

  1. Finishing off the prelims was Petr Yan versus Teruto Ishihara in a Bantamweight fight. Early in the round Ishihara got a double leg takedown. With two minutes to go Yan dropped Ishihara with two hard strikes. Ishihara recovered but then got dropped once again to end the fight. Yan did somewhat of a backflip to celebrate afterwards.

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Yan
Ishihara

 

  1. Starting off the main card was Daichi Abe versus Li Jingliang in the Welterweight division. In the second round Abe was alarmed by a strike that landed clean. Jingliang continued to dominate with strikes in the second round. As a bit of a taunt Jingliang turned his back and walked away during the fight. As the third round ended, Li Jingliang ran outside of the octagon over to where his daughter was sitting. The fight went to decision with the judges giving Li Jingliang a Unanimous victory (30-26, 30-27 & 30-27)

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Abe 9 9 9 27
Jingliang 10 10 10 30

 

  1. #10 rank Jessica Eye faced #9 Jessica-Rose Clark in the next Flyweight bout. This fight was very, very close. The fight went all three rounds. The final result from the judges gave Jessica Eye a Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28 & 29-28).

 

My Scorecard

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
#10 Eye 10 9 10 29
#9 Clark 9 10 9 28

 

  1. The co-main event of the evening came from the Light Heavyweight division. Tyson Pedro faced Ovince Saint Preux in a three round bout. In the first minute Saint Preux got hit hard with a high kick, then put in a standing Guillotine. Saint Preux escaped the choke. OSP was able to recover throughout the round and eventually get a win via Armbar.

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
#13 Pedro
#7 Saint Preux

 

  1. Finally, it’s time for the main event of the show. Rank #13 Leon Edwards faced #11 rank “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone. Cerrone was cut open early in round 1. There was a pause in the second round when Cerrone accidentally kicked Edwards below the belt. Edwards took a hard head kick at the end of the round, then claimed to the ref that Cerrone was grabbing his glove. When we went into the final round Cerrone had a cut that was spitting blood out of his head. He was bleeding so much in this fight that it hurt to look at. The two fighters left everything in the octagon, swinging for the fences in the final 10 seconds. They hugged after the horn went. The judges gave the win to Leon Edwards with a Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47 & 48-47)

 

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
#13 Edwards 10 10 10 10 9 49
#11 Cerrone 9 9 9 9 10 46

 

UFC has a week off next week before they head to Fight Week, the organizations biggest week of the year. Headlining that show is Daniel Cormier challenging Stipe Miocic for his Heavyweight belt. The night before that show is the season finale of The Ultimate Fighter, with the scheduled main event currently set as Brad Tavares versus Israel Adesanya.