There’s no question that UFC Fight Night 132 poses a huge opportunity for Tyson Pedro. But, if you think that means he’s willing to push further for the victory than his opponent Ovince Saint Preux, well, the latter has news for ya.
Pedro has been making noise in the UFC since he joined the promotion in 2016. After taking out Paul Craig and Khalil Rountree, Pedro was handed his first pro-loss to date last September, when he lost via decision to 205 contender, Ilir Latifi. Since then, Pedo returned to the win column by submitting Saparbek Safarov, and now he’s been booked to face the longtime contender, OSP.
So, when you factor in that Pedro’s ranked #13 and Saint Preux is #7, and that they’re 26 and 35 respectively, chances are some folks have attached the ‘changing of the guard’ narrative to this fight. But, leading up to the contest, Saint Preux had this to say about where he’s sitting, in terms of motivation (quote via UFC.com):
“He’s hungry, but my a** is hungrier than he is,” he added. “It’s just one of those things where when you’re in that situation, you feel good about yourself and this is more of a fun thing and you’re excited. That’s great, but it’s different for me now. I’m hungry. I’m seeing red right now.”
“My coach said, ‘Get in his face and hurt him. Talent-wise, he’s a good up-and-coming fighter, but I don’t think he has the attributes or qualities that I have right now.
“So I’m just going to stick in his face and punish him.”
This is certainly a pivotal fight for Saint Preux as well, since he’s also coming off a loss to Latifi. Prior to that, however, OSP had won three in a row, which was an important reversal from the three fight losing skid that came before that.
Saint Preux has come up short in some high stake bouts, but he’s also demonstrated time and time again how dangerous he is. Of his last 10 victories, only 2 of them came via the judges’ scorecards. That’s a guy who finishes fights…
UFC FN 132 will be hosted by the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.