Tyson Pedro and Jessica-Rose Clark fall short at UFC Singapore

After a stellar performance from Jake Matthews earlier in the night, the Aussies have failed to make it a clean sweep at UFC Singapore.

Both Tyson Pedro and Jessica-Rose Clark failed to get wins on the main card of the event.

Pedro came into the octagon full of his usual pre-fight swagger dancing and singing to the cage. It looked for all money that he would leave the cage the same way after he stunned Ovince St-Preux in the opening moments of the fight.

Pedro landed a head kick which was quickly followed by a straight right that dropped St-Preux to the canvas. St-Preux got back to his feet straight away before Pedro grabbed his neck and tried to put on a standing guillotine choke against the fence. As pointed out by commentator Dan Hardy, Pedro was unable to get the necessary leverage needed to properly sink in the choke while standing because of the height of St-Preux’s.

Pedro proceeded to land elbows on St-Preux and attempted to drag him to the canvas with a body lock but instead landed on his back with St-Peux on top of him. The mistake would prove extremely costly in a fight he was well on his way of winning. St-Preux managed to get a Kimura grip on Pedro before pulling his arm into a straight armbar, forcing Pedro to tap. The loss is Pedro’s second in the UFC and brings his overall record to 7-2.  Despite the loss, Pedro will be able to take a lot of confidence in almost finishing one of the more experienced light-heavyweights on the UFC roster.

Jessica-Rose Clark came up short in her flyweight bout against Jessica Eye earlier in the night. Coming into the fight on a three-fight win streak that included two wins in the UFC, Clark tasted defeat in the octagon for the first time with the unanimous decision loss.

From the outset of the fight, both fighters were happy to meet in the middle of the cage and trade punches. It was Eye however who threw with more volume and landed the harder shots. Eye managed to outstrike Clark for the entirety of the three-round affair, showcasing the experience that has seen her fight some of the best female bantamweights in the sport. The loss brings Clarke’s professional record to 9-5-1.

In other fights on the card, Melbourne’s Jake Matthews had a flawless performance submitting his opponent in the first round and New Zealand’s Shane Young picked up a second-round TKO victory.

New Zealand’s Shane Young stops Ronaldo Dy in second-round at UFC Singapore

My earliest combat sports memory is watching David Tua knock people out with his left hook.  I am extremely passionate about combat sports in Australia and my home country of New Zealand and I endeavour to grow the profile of martial arts and its athletes in both countries. Persistent Brazilian jiu-jitsu battler.