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UFC Singapore Adds Trio of New Fights, Including Ovince St. Preux vs. Tyson Pedro

UFC Singapore just got a whole lot more substantial. Several minutes ago, the UFC announced a series of matchups that would be added to the card.

Ovince “OSP” St. Preux vs. Tyson Pedro

One such matchup will be contested between Ovince “OSP” St. Preux (22-11 MMA, 10-6 UFC) and Tyson Pedro (7-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC).

St. Preux, 35, had a full head of steam heading into his most recent fight at UFC Orlando. The former University of Tennessee football star had rebounded from the roughest patch of his career to string together three dominant wins in a row.

After capping a three-fight losing streak with a split-decision loss to future title challenger Volkan Oezdemir, things didn’t look good for “OSP”. But St. Preux bounced back with not one, but two Von Flue choke submissions in his next two fights over Marcos Rogerio de Lima and Yushin Okami, respectively.

Following the two submission victories, St. Preux diversified his win streak with a brutal, stunning head kick knockout of Corey Anderson.

But at UFC Orlando, the surging contender had his momentum halted by Swedish powerhouse, Ilir Latifi. Hurting St. Preux on the feet, Latifi followed him to the canvas, where he secured a savage guillotine choke that put “OSP” to sleep.

St. Preux will look to get back to his winning ways against Australian phenom Tyson Pedro at UFC Singapore.

Pedro, 26, is still relatively new to martial arts. But the Aussie prospect has thoroughly impressed in his young Octagon career. A first round rear-naked choke finish over Khalil Rountree capped his successful promotional debut, and a TKO over Scottish favorite Paul Craig added to the hype.

Unfortunately for Pedro, his ascent hit a snag. At UFC 215, Pedro dropped a unanimous decision to mutual opponent Ilir Latifi. The more experienced Latifi stifled Pedro’s explosiveness and tricky submission skills en route to a win on the scorecards.

Pedro quickly regained his momentum, however, executing a beautiful kimura on Saparbek Safarov at UFC 221 this past February.

With a win over “OSP”, Pedro looks to break into the lightweight division’s top ten.

Jake “The Celtic Kid” Matthews vs. Shinsho “Animal” Anzai

The next matchup to have been made official takes place in the UFC’s welterweight division, as Jake “The Celtic Kid” Matthews (13-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) takes on Shinsho “Animal” Anzai (10-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC).

Matthews, 23, is one of the UFC’s top young prospects. The former lightweight has moved up to 170 pounds, and the results have spoken for themselves. After picking up a split-decision victory over Bojan Velickovic, Matthews drew China’s Li Jingliang.

In a thrilling fight, Matthews took a unanimous decision victory and ‘Fight of the Night’ honors. Despite eye gouging from Jingliang, Matthews was able to keep his composure and put on his top showcase to date.

He draws Anzai, a thirty-two year old Japanese fighter making his fourth Octagon appearance.

Anzai will enter the contest on the strength of two straight UFC wins. After losing his UFC debut to Alberto Mina by TKO, Anzai has defeated both Roger Zapata and Luke Jumeau.

With seven knockouts on his record, Anzai is no stranger to action-packed fights. He’ll look to continue his win streak against the ever-improving Matthews at UFC Singapore.

 

Matt “Danger” Schnell vs. Naoki Inoue

Flyweights take center stage as Matt “Danger” Schnell (10-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) faces Naoki Inoue (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC Singapore.

Schnell, 28, is a veteran of Legacy Fighting Championships and the Ultimate Fighter Season 24. The hyper-entertaining Schell has had a rocky start to his UFC career, but there’s been no shortage of excitement.

After submitting Matt Rizzo on the Ultimate Fighter, Schnell faced eventual season winner Tim Elliot, who defeated him by guillotine choke. Schnell went on to make his UFC debut against ranked contender Rob Font, who in turn finished him.

The rough stretch continued for “Danger”, as he lost to Hector Sandoval in the opening minute of their UFC Nashville matchup. But now Schnell looks to get back on track.

After defeating Marcos Beltran by unanimous decision, things are looking up for the Louisianan. With a win over Inoue, Schnell could right the ship and continue his winning ways.

Inoue, however, won’t go down without a fight. The Japanese twenty-year old is undefeated at 11-0. He made his UFC debut last year, also in Singapore, and picked up a unanimous decision win over Carlos John de Tomas.

Inoue is one of the most highly touted flyweight prospects around, and at only twenty, his potential is abundant. He’ll look to stay perfect against the gritty Matt Schnell at UFC Singapore.

 

The UFC Singapore card, which takes place on June 23, now includes the following fights:

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Leon Edwards
  • Ashkan Mokhtarian vs. Jenel Lausa
  • Jessica Eye vs. Jessica Rose-Clark
  • Ovince St. Preux vs. Tyson Pedro
  • Jake Matthews vs. Shinso Anzai
  • Matt Schnell vs. Naoki Inoue

 

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Hey, all! My name is Michael Fiedel, and I'm from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I love everything there is about MMA, particularly jiu jitsu. I do my best to cover what's going on in the sport, and my favorite thing to do is cover up-and-coming prospects. Thanks for reading!

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