Two former champions are being penciled in to do battle at the UFC’s debut in the Philippines, MMA-in-Asia.com is reporting. Former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber will be taking on former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar in a bout contested at 145 lbs. when the UFC comes to Manila, PHI on May 16th.
“The California Kid” Urijah Faber (32-7) went 2/3 in 2014, losing to then-bantamweight champ Renan Barao at the start of the year but bouncing back with wins over up-and-comers Alex Caceres and Francisco Rivera. A strong wrestler with a nasty choke game, Faber has not lost in a non-title bout at any since a TKO loss to Tyson Griffin in 2005. Will the streak continue with a win over Edgar?
Frankie “The Answer” Edgar (18-4-1) also won 2 fights in 2014, scoring finishes over BJ Penn and Cub Swanson in his only bouts of the year. The Serra-Longo is also known for his wrestling, as well as his tremendous heart. Will he be able to use his force of will to gain a win over the legendary Faber?
UFC Fight Night Manila goes down May 16th from the Mall of Asia in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines. No other fights have been announced at this time. Stay tuned to MMASucka.com for more on this and other MMA news.