(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)
After a one week break, the UFC is back in action this Saturday with a card that’s going down in Singapore. So who is going to be tuning into watch UFC Fight 132? Will the Donald Cerrone headlined card be able to pull decent numbers for the promotion?
Now, the first big thing to address, in terms of North American fans, is the fact the prelims are going to get underway on Fight Pass at 4:30 AM/ET – 1:30 AM/PT. So, ya, unless you’re a West Coast night owl, an East Coast early, early riser, or just to plan to pull an all nighter, then you’re probably not catching the prelims live.
There are some interesting bouts scheduled, as Jake Matthews is going to take on Shinsho Anzai, and the undefeated Naoki Inoue will battle Matt Schnell. In addition, Teruto Ishihara is scheduled to face Peter Yan, so there’s definitely some match-ups the hardcore base probably wants to see.
But, in terms of the casual fan? Even if they have a subscription to Fight Pass, chances are not too many are going to be hitting up the service to watch the prelims Saturday.
The Main Card
So, here again, time is something to consider. The main card will get underway at 5 AM/PT and 8 AM/ET. So, one would think a lot of avid fans are also going to be watching the main card after they’ve concluded.
As far as the bouts themselves, there’ certainly fights that should peak the interest of the diehard community. Li Jingliang is in action against Daichi Abe, Jessica Eye is going to battle Jessica Rose-Clark, and then there’s a very compelling bout between Ovince Saint Preux and Tyson Pedro scheduled. Of course, pretty much anytime Donald Cerrone fights you’re good to go, and he’s set to take on the rising Leon Edwards.
But, at the end of the day, when you consider the lack of established vets and main stream draws, plus the time of the event, it would be pretty shocking if UFC FN 132 pulls a lot of views. Whether those come live or not.
The June 23rd card will be hosted by the Singapore Indoor Stadium.