A brand new title is pushing his method into UFC welterweight title rivalry.
Leon Edwards (16-Three) recorded his sixth consecutive victory on Saturday, as he defeated Donald Cerrone by way of unanimous determination at UFC Combat Evening in Singapore. The scores have been shut — unanimously 48-47 after 5 rounds — nevertheless it was a comparatively low-drama affair for Edwards.
The 26-year-old Edwards, who had a 101-64 benefit over Cerrone in whole strikes and stuffed practically all of his takedown makes an attempt, instantly referred to as out Jorge Masvidal after the victory.
“I can go five rounds, easy,” Edwards stated. “Me and Masvidal, let’s make it happen. I want to keep chipping away. I’ve been watching [Cerrone] since I was a kid, so I know everything he does. An old dog doesn’t change its spots. He’s a legend, thank you.”
“I love my job and I’m not going anywhere,” Cerrone stated. “This old dog still has a lot of fights left.”
It was an sometimes irritating combat for Cerrone, who pointed to the middle of the Octagon within the ultimate seconds to entice Edwards to commerce with him.
A former light-weight, Cerrone tried to get Edwards to the bottom all through the 25-minute contest however had little or no success. He timed his photographs effectively, however Edwards’ dimension and defensive wrestling proved to be an excessive amount of. Cerrone repeatedly ate elbow strikes within the clinch because of the failed takedowns.
Regardless of the inefficiency of his grappling, Cerrone mounted a comeback within the later rounds, as Edwards began to rely virtually completely on counter placing. Cerrone landed a tough proper uppercut within the third spherical, which was most likely his greatest shot of the combat.
Cerrone has now misplaced 4 of his previous 5 bouts. Edwards, who fights out of Birmingham, England, is Eight-2 within the UFC. His final loss got here in opposition to Kamaru Usman in 2015.
St. Preux stops Pedro in first spherical
Former mild heavyweight title challenger Ovince St. Preux (23-11) put a cease to the momentum behind Tyson Pedro, as he completed the rising Australian contender with a straight armbar inside the primary spherical.
Pedro (7-2) obtained off to a quick begin, dropping St. Preux with a proper hand within the first minute of the combat. Pedro, 26, elected to tie St. Preux up within the clinch after the knockdown, nevertheless, and ended up on the underside of a takedown try.
That was all the chance St. Preux, of Tennessee, wanted to complete the bout. He attacked Pedro’s proper arm from aspect management and rapidly produced a faucet on the 2:54 mark.
“When I’m on top of you, you’re in trouble,” St. Preux stated. “He’s still got a lot of growing to do. He’ll get there. Since I’ve been in the UFC, they haven’t had any light heavyweights as active as me. I’ll fight anywhere, anytime.”
It was the 11th submission win of St. Preux’s profession and improved his file to Four-1 in his previous 5 fights. Pedro, a promising prospect at 205 kilos, is now Three-2 within the UFC.