Donald Cerrone vs. Leon Edwards UFC Fight Night 132 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 6/23/18
Edwards vs. Cerrone
UFC: Saturday, June 23, 2018 (Singapore Indoor Stadium)
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TV: UFC Fight Pass
Donald Cerrone and Leon Edwards fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 132 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Donald Cerrone enters this fight with a 33-10 record and has won 48 percent of his fights by submission. Cerrone has won five of his last eight fights and is coming off a February win over Yancy Medeiros. Cerrone is averaging 4.24 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48 percent. Cerrone is averaging 1.35 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 37.8 percent. Cerrone snapped a much needed three-fight losing streak in which he produced a quick knockout and landed 28 significant strikes. It’s the type of victory that changes the whole outlook on Cerrone, and he’s stepping into the octagon just four months later. Cerrone now looks for back-to-back wins for the first time in two years. Cerrone is a versatile fighter who is a well decorated kick boxer, highly effective in Muay Thai and is comfortable on the canvas to the point he has 16 career submission victories. A total of 25 of Cerrone’s 32 victories have come by some sort of stoppage. Few can hold their own on the canvas with Cerrone, but he also showed in his last fight that there’s still pop behind those strikes at 35 years old. This will be Cerrone’s first career fight in Singapore.
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Leon Edwards enters this fight with a 14-3 record and has won 43 percent of his fights by decision. Edwards has won each of his last five fights and is coming off a March win over Peter Sobotta. Edwards is averaging 2.17 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 47.5 percent. Edwards is averaging 1.52 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 32.4 percent. Edwards is riding his best winning stretch since joining the UFC four years ago, and he’s also on a quick turnaround with this being his third fight since September. Edwards is coming off a third round knockout in which he landed 42 significant strikes and produced a takedown. Edwards entered the UFC as a known powerful striker, and while most of his recent fights have gone the distance, he put some folks back on notice with his most recent bout. Edwards has the power to end a fight with one swing, but he also has an underrated grappling game with three submission victories under his belt. Edwards is an overall tough fighter who has never been finished and is quite confident right now considering he hasn’t lost in two and a half years. This will be Edwards’ first career fight in Singapore.
Edwards has a clear advantage in youth and athleticism, which should allow him to control the fight and be effective if this fight goes into the later rounds. The problem is Cerrone seems to have found his mojo after such a quick impressive victory, and that’s the last thing anybody in this division wanted to see. Cerrone’s takedown ability and stand up striking game is well documented, and when you add in confidence, he’s just a completely different fighter. I look for Cerrone to take this fight to the canvas at some point and wear down Edwards, while possibly finishing the Jamaican for the first time in his career.
I like Cowboy to win this fight.