Leon Edwards realized his desire to fight Donald Cerrone and kept the veteran forward at bay for a unanimous decision victory.
Edwards (16-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) bloodied Cerrone (33-11 MMA, 20-8 UFC) with well-executed tokens to get three scores of 48-47.
The welterweight fight topped the UFC Fight Night 132 show today at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. The entire letter was aired on UFC Fight Pbad.
Edwards then called Jorge Masvidal, hoping to turn off another detractor. It was his sixth straight victory in the UFC and his victory in the highest profile to date.
Cerrone returned to the loss column after fighting a skating match in a previous appearance against Yancy Medeiros. He ignored questions about retirement and expressed his devotion to the sport in an optimistic post-fight interview.
Although Edwards gave him the fight he wanted, he did not facilitate Cerrone's work. The British forward broke early Cerrone with a strong kick in the body, and dodged the head counters before blocking the action in the clinch. Cerrone resisted a trip to the mat, and Edwards opened a cut with one knee and widened it with an elbow. Cerrone attacked his legs and looked for surprising opportunities before attempting his own demolition. But Edwards did not allow it and returned to the central cage, where Cerrone's strikes were well telegraphed. A covert kick struck Cerrone on the counter, and the two kicked each other's legs. It was clear who had risen in the first round.
Cerrone attacked the legs at the beginning of the second and looked for the way inside. At all times, however, Edwards had an answer for his opponent's favorite weapons. Cerrone decided to change the levels and pressed for a takedown. He was rewarded with another elbow that turned Cerrone's right side into a crimson disaster, and Edwards continued to attack him with his punches. Cerrone continued pressing forward, pushing another high kick, until a kick went south and the action was stopped. They changed kicks to the body, and Cerrone hit Edwards with the head, whose only reaction was to complain that Cerrone had grabbed the glove. According to the repetitions, it was a clear violation of the rules.
Cerrone charged early, but Edwards attacked his left side, wobbling him early. Cerrone continued to press with bursts of blows. Edwards resisted the clinch and caught him with a solid one-two. But Cerrone would not be dissuaded, and he continued to chase Edwards around the cage. A clinch was short-lived, and an attempted knockdown was found with a stiff elbow. Cerrone tried again and again to change the levels, only to finish pounding the position. Edwards raised his hands and challenged Cerrone, hitting him with a left hook while Cerrone took the bait.
Edwards did his job to intercept Cerrone's attacks with his own punches, knocking his opponent to the floor early. Cerrone continued to press for a knockdown, blocking Edwards against the fence. When they were released, Edwards' speed limit began to become more pronounced. Although Cerrone was more aggressive in his movement, he was behind in precision. Cerrone finally managed to get Edwards on the fence, but it was a short trip. Cerrone was kicked in the head and almost turned into a punch. When he could not reach, he returned to his legs while Edwards continued to attack his head with kicks.
After accelerating the crowd, the fighters resumed their pace, with Cerrone walking towards Edwards.
Left side attacks found their mark against Cerrone, who had an early success with kicks in the legs. However, when he committed too much, Edwards returned the fire with his left hand. The two were much more restricted than previous rounds, and Cerrone tried to join the fight at the clinch before completing a takedown. However, it was not an extended stay on the mat, and Edwards responded to the fire with a persistent pounding in the leg. His leg continued to serve him well. After a gentleman agreed to throw himself into the central cage, the two threw punches in a last effort to hurt each other. They did it only moderately, and they ran out of time. But there was no bad blood when the final bell rang.
The most recent results of UFC Fight Night 132 include:
- def. Leon Edwards. Donald Cerrone by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
- Ovince Saint Preux def. Tyson Pedro via submission (arm) – Round 1, 2:54
- Jessica Eye def. Jessica-Rose Clark by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Li Jingliang def. Daichi Abe by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
- Petr Yan def. Teruto Ishihara via KO (punches) – Round 1, 3:28
- Song Yadong def. Felipe Arantes by knockout (elbow) – Round 2, 4:59
- Shane Young def. Rolando Dy via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:40
- Song Kenan def. Hector Aldana via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:45
- Def. Jake Matthews Shinsho Anzai through submission (bad rear choke) – Round 1, 3:44
- def. Yan Xiaonan Vivia Pereira by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Matt Schnell def. Naoki Inoue via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Ulka Sasaki def. Jenel Lausa via submission (naked back choke) – Round 2, 4:04
- Ji Yeon Kim def. Melinda Fabian by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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