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Ovince Saint Preux vs. Tyson Pedro UFC Fight Night 132 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 6/23/18

Pedro vs. Saint Preux

UFC: Saturday, June 23, 2018 (Singapore Indoor Stadium)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: UFC Fight Pass

Ovince Saint Preux and Tyson Pedro fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 132 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Ovince Saint Preux enters this fight with a 22-11 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. Saint Preux has split his last 12 fights and is coming off a February loss to Ilir Latifi. Saint Preux is averaging 2.7 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.5 percent. Saint Preux is averaging 1.21 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 48.6 percent. Right when it looked like Saint Preux was climbing up the ladder, he eats 27 strikes and gets submitted in the first round. Saint Preux has been hit or miss now for the last four years and it’s hard to predict which version of him is going to show up. The good news is Saint Preux did earn performance of the night in two of his last three fights and was one of the hotter fighters in the sport last year. Saint Preux is a strong, big athlete with an 80 inch reach and has finished eight of his last nine victories. Saint Preux is a powerful striker who is most effective standing up, but he also has a high school background in wrestling and has six submission victories under his belt. Saint Preux is also usually a tough fighter to finished, but he has been submitted now twice in the last three years. This will be Saint Preux’s first career fight in Singapore. 

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Ovince Saint Preux vs. Tyson Pedro UFC Fight Night 132 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 6/23/18

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Tyson Pedro enters this fight with a 7-1 record and has won 71 percent of his fights by submission. Pedro has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a February win over Saparbek Safarov. Pedro is averaging 2.58 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 58.8 percent. Pedro is averaging 1.1 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 66.6 percent. Pedro bounced back nicely from the first loss of his career in which he landed 12 strikes and produced a first round submission. Pedro has now produced submissions in five of his last six victories and has yet to have a win go to the judges. Pedro has also ended all of his wins in the first round. Pedro is a long fighter who has a 79 inch reach and a boxing background to go along with one-punch knockout power. While considered a striker at heart, Pedro obviously has grappling skills and the ability to finish on the canvas. Pedro has all of the raw tools to be somebody worth keeping an eye on, and a victory here would be a major stepping stone to help getting him a title shot at some point soon. This will be Pedro’s first career fight in Singapore.

I’m almost done backing Saint Preux, as you never know what you’re going to get with him, and he’s often sluggish and has poor fundamentals. Against quality fighters, he’s sure to struggle and if he doesn’t land a power strike early, he’s more than capable of losing. Saint Preux has lost five of the last eight fights that have made it out of the first round. In just a few fights, Pedro has proven his worth with his standup, ground and pound and grappling ability. There’s no nonsense with Pedro and his finish ability is unreal. Saint Preux has some showing and proving to do in order to convince me he’s still a top tier fighter.

Give me the Australian in this fight. 

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