Donald Cerrone vs. Leon Edwards
After a rough spell in which he lost three fights in a row, Donald Cerrone got back to winning ways against Yancy Medeiros last time out and now faces up to the in-form Leon Edwards, who is riding a five-fight winning streak.
Edwards is athletic, has good speed and can hit hard with straight punches, but isn’t as effective and well-rounded of a striker as Cerrone, who is adept at mixing kicks, punches and knees and has good movement too.
Edwards has proven to be a strong wrestler during his time in the UFC and would gladly work to get Cerrone to the mat and control him there, but that’ll be easier said than done, with ‘Cowboy’ likely to keep his distance on the feet and be difficult to put on his back, while he also has crafty Jiu-jitsu that the Brit would have to be wary of.
There’s been signs of late that Cerrone may be starting to deteriorate a little and his chin isn’t what it used to be, but I think he’ll prove to be the more seasoned striker here, will put together the greater volume of offence and largely foil Edwards attempts to bring him down en-route to a decision victory.
Prediction: Donald Cerrone wins by decision – BET NOW
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Tyson Pedro
This should be an interesting fight between an established top 10 205lb’er in OSP who has never quite reached his full potential, and a promising rising fighter in Pedro whose looking for his biggest win to date.
OSP is a natural athlete who has power in his hands, solid kicks and an uncommonly good von flue choke, but his overall technique can still feel unpolished and unrefined at times, like he’s never quite put all the pieces of the puzzle together to produce a cohesive end product that would take him to the next level.
It remains to be seen if the same applies to Pedro as its only now that he’s starting to meet a caliber of opposition that can really test him. There’s definitely promise here though as he’s a tough customer who can handle himself on the feet, but has been particularly effective on the mat and has finished 5 out of his 7 career victories via submission.
This fight could go either way, but even though he doesn’t have a big track record, I slightly favor Pedro here to be the more consistent fighter offensively, offer OSP a real test on the mat and display the better cardio to emerge with a closely fought decision victory to firmly put himself on the light-heavyweight map.
Prediction: Tyson Pedro wins by decision – BET NOW
Jessica Eye vs. Jessica Rose-Clark
Two flyweights on show here and it should largely be a striking match-up, with both fighters being actively engaged when it comes to the stand-up battle.
I believe Eye is the better boxer who works well off the jab, but she is quite hittable. Rose-Clark is a solid striker in her own right though and stays busy, so she may be able to capitalize on her opponent’s defensive liabilities.
Both fighters can wrestle too, so this is a fight that figures to be closely fought, and with neither being a big finisher we’re likely looking at a narrow decision victory here, with Eye just edging it out with her technical boxing edge.
Prediction: Jessica Eye wins by decision – BET NOW
Li Jingliang vs. Daichi Abe
This fight should produce some fireworks, with Jingliang being an extremely aggressive, offensive fighter, while Abe is also active on the feet, but is more technical and likely to operate on the counter.
Jingliang will push a ferocious pace from start to finish, but Abe is likely to fade as the fight goes on, particularly under this kind of pressure and I think that will lead to ‘The Leech’ emerging with a TKO stoppage in the second round.
Prediction: Li Jingliang wins by decision – BET NOW
(Predicted winners in bold)
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