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Donald Cerrone nearly pulled out of main event fight at UFC Singapore

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The UFC avoided disaster thanks to one fighter.

UFC Singapore (UFC Fight Night 132) took place on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Kallang, Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The main card aired on the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, at 8 a.m. ET while the preliminary card was broadcasted on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30 a.m. ET.

Donald Cerrone vs. Leon Edwards in a welterweight bout headlined this event while Tyson Pedro vs. Ovince Saint Preux in a light heavyweight bout served as the co-main event.

Rounding out the four bout main card was Jessica Eye vs. Jessica-Rose Clark in a female flyweight bout and Li Jingliang vs. Daichi Abe in a welterweight bout.

That fighter is Cerrone, who saved the day for the promotion. As seen at the event, Edwards was able to pick up a decision win over the UFC veteran.

At the post-fight press conference, Cerrone admitted that he almost pulled out of this fight.

“This is the first time in my career I’ve ever almost called Dana [White] and said ‘I’m not coming to work today,’” Cerrone said at UFC Singapore’s post-fight press conference (transcript courtesy of LowKickMMA).

“Then I just looked myself in the mirror and said ‘you’re not that guy.’ Just go.

“That has nothing to do with the way I fought,” Cerrone continued. “I’m very proud of myself actually for getting in there and fighting.

So I’m happy. I don’t have any remorse or doubt, or upset in any way. I don’t think I lost any stock so I’m good.”

Teruto Ishihara vs. Petr Yan in a bantamweight bout headlined the preliminary card portion of this event. Here are the results from this event:

Main Card

Official Result: Leon Edwards def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

Light heavyweight: Ovince Saint Preux def. Tyson Pedro via submission (armbar) – R1, 2:54

Women’s flyweight: Jessica Eye def. Jessica-Rose Clark via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Welterweight: Li Jingliang def. Daichi Abe via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Preliminary Card

Bantamweight: Petr Yan def. Teruto Ishihara via TKO (strikes) – R1, 3:28

Featherweight: Song Yadong def. Felipe Arantes via KO (elbow) – R2, 4:59

Featherweight: Shane Young def. Rolando Dy via TKO (strikes) – R2, 4:40

Welterweight: Song Kenan def. Hector Aldana via TKO (punches) – R2, 4:45

Welterweight: Jake Matthews def. Shinsho Anzai via submission (rear-naked choke) – R1, 3:44

Women’s strawweight: Yan Xiaonan def. Viviane Pereira via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Flyweight: Matt Schnell def. Naoki Inoue via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Flyweight: Ulka Sasaki def. Jenel Lausa via submission (rear-naked choke) – R2, 4:04

Bantamweight: Ji Yeon Kim def. Melinda Fabian via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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