In the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards the veteran Ovince Saint Preux looked to hold his position in the light heavyweight division against the upstart Australian Tyson Pedro. And it was the vet who walked away the victory in Singapore. After being stunned, dropped, and almost choked, OSP survived and then jumped on a submission that forced Pedro to tap out.
Before that Jessica Eye and Jessica-Rose Clark fought a closely-contested stand-up battle in the flyweight division. Eye got the nod from the judges thanks to a more clinical and technical display than the aggressive Clark. To open the main card Li Jingliang outclassed Daichi Abe on the feet for a comfortable decision victory in the welterweight decision.
Check out the full results and video highlights below:
Ovince Saint Preux defeats Tyson Pedro via submission (kimura), 2:54 of round one: Light heavyweight
Saint Preux started the fight with a big body kick on Pedro. But Pedro went high in response, half-catching OSP with a kick across the dome. Moments later Pedro landed another kick on Saint Preuex’s jaw, which when followed with a punch, dropped the veteran. Pedro attempted to finish the fight with a guillotine but Saint Preux survived. The 205ers then clinched against the fence while OSP tried to regain his composure. Pedro was able to get Saint Preux down, but OSP bounced right back up. Pedro tried again and this time Saint Preux landed on top. On the ground Saint Preux attacked Pedro’s arm and cranked back a kimura. Pedro had to tap.
Pedro dropped OSP early:
Pedro wobbles OSP but he REFUSES to quit! #UFCSingapore pic.twitter.com/4j7Sgv53HE— UFC (@ufc) June 23, 2018
And OSP got the tap moments later:
ANYTIME. ANYWHERE.@003_OSP gets the finish at #UFCSingapore. pic.twitter.com/NIDHv7fHRS— UFC (@ufc) June 23, 2018
Jessica Eye defeats Jessica-Rose Clark by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28): Flyweight
In an aggressive start to the first round, both women threw combinations. Of those early exchanges, Clark’s looked to land cleanest. But Eye then landed a single shot that stopped Clark in her tracks. That looked to be a turning point in the round, forcing Clark to be less willing to step into Eye’s range. Eye kept the distance with her jab and Clark landed a few leg kicks before trying her luck in the pocket once again. In the closing seconds Eye found success countering Clark’s wild combos.
Both fighters threw kicks to begin the second round and Clark stormed forward with a flurry that half-landed on Eye. Clark followed up with an overhand right that seemed to get Eye’s attention. The Australian then threw a lazy kick, but Eye caught her foot and used it to drag her down. A scramble later and the stand-up battled resumed. Clark remained the aggressor, but Eye landed clean strikes as Clark rushed in. Eye was also landing the more diverse offense, with a stiff head kick and clean body shot mixed in with her counter hooks. The round ended against the fence with Clark throwing knees.
In the third Eye looked very composed as she continued to play matador to Clark’s bull. However, Clark was able to sneak through Eye’s defense on one rush forward. This prompted the American to come forward with a combo of her own, which included a left hand that landed clean on Clark’s jaw. Clark looked a little out of ideas in the closing minutes, but she was still coming forwards. Eye caught Clark with a stiff jab and then landed a takedown with less than two minutes left.
On the ground it was all Eye as she landed ground-and-pound and threatened with arm-locks. In the end, the judges gave it to Eye, who showed a much more versatile game than Clark.
Both fighters landed in the pocket:
Active round for Jessica!#UFCSingapore pic.twitter.com/Lp5AMaPDqR— UFC Aus/New Zealand (@UFC_AUSNZ) June 23, 2018
Eye found success on the feet in round three:
Action is heating up in round three.— UFC (@ufc) June 23, 2018
How are you scoring it? #UFCSingapore pic.twitter.com/1BLGaidy2b
Eye was pretty happy when the decision was made official:
BIG win for @JessicaEvilEye!!#UFCSingapore pic.twitter.com/Szf6VL16TB— UFC Aus/New Zealand (@UFC_AUSNZ) June 23, 2018
Li Jingliang defeats Daichi Abe via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27): Welterweight
In the first round both Jingliang and Abe looked to respect each other’s power. Both landed hard leg kicks and Abe came over the top with a right hook that landed clean. Jingliang caught Abe with a straight jab and the Japanese fighter responded with a headkick that glanced across the Chinese fighter’s brow. In the last two minutes, Jingliang moved up a gear and started harrying Abe with long punches. But Abe caught the Leach with a solid body kick and right hook combo, which were the last significant strikes of the round.
Abe attacked the front leg of Jingliang in the opening moments of round two. Jingliang opted for inside leg kicks. At first both fighters looked evenly matched with their hands, as they caught the other with single shots. Jingliang looked to land the heavy blows, though. He sent Abe back into the fence with one of his strikes and stiffened him up momentarily with another. With Abe wobbly, Jingliang targeted the body, sending Abe back to his corner looking tired.
Abe came out lively in the third and landed a head kick, but Jingliang stormed back with heavy hands and another thudding leg kick. Jingliang went from strength to strength after this, catching Abe with clean shots. Abe showed a lot of toughness in shaking off the punishment, but he didn’t have anything — except one crisp two-punch combo — for Jingliang in the closing moments of the fight.
Jingliang beat Abe to the punch throughout the fight:
@UfcJingliang starting to find his range#UFCSingapore pic.twitter.com/5d8iSgY8fv— UFC_Asia (@UFC_Asia) June 23, 2018
Here’s one of the big right hands that had Abe in trouble:
MASSIVE RIGHT❗️ @UFCJingliang #UFCSingapore pic.twitter.com/R8XZCRDtK6— UFC (@ufc) June 23, 2018
Jianling’s leg kicks really wore down Abe:
All the leg kicks #UFCSingapore pic.twitter.com/SeheRMbWfr— UFC_Asia (@UFC_Asia) June 23, 2018
The third round was all Jingliang:
Leech letting it go in the 3️⃣rd!#UFCSingapore pic.twitter.com/xU5TiGbG0Z— UFC_Asia (@UFC_Asia) June 23, 2018