URIJAH FABER AND FRANKIE EDGAR TO HEADLINE UFC FIGHT NIGHT MANILA.
Frankie Edgar will square off against Urijah Faber in a five-round featherweight battle at UFC Fight Night Manila on 16 May.
Edgar (17-4-1), former lightweight champion and current No. 1 ranked featherweight, is riding a three-fight win streak and looking to get one step closer to another title shot opportunity.
The headline fight sees Faber (37-7) make his featherweight debut. The California Kid, currently ranked No.3 in the bantamweight division, has won six of his last seven fights and has never lost a non-title fight. His experience in the Octagon has seen him go the five-round championship distance five times against Dominick Cruz, Jose Aldo, Mike Brown and twice against Renan Barao.
“I feel like it’s rare in this sport to have the ability, the opportunity and the fortune of having super fights at multiple weights,” Faber said.
“I started in this sport because I love it. I love the challenge and I love to perform.
“Fighting a guy like Frankie Edgar is exactly the reason I got into this sport. I’m a fan of the heart Frankie has as a fighter, something I’m known for as well. I was a 145 lb. champion and he was a 155 lb. champion so it’s cool for me to be able to make this fight, one for the history books. I plan on winning and putting on a show in the process.”
Other confirmed bouts for UFC FIGHT NIGHT MANILA: EDGAR vs. FABER include the Philippines own Roldan Sangcha, who takes on skilled Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner Jon Delos Reyes in the flyweight tilt division.
The Ultimate Fighter China winner Zhang Lipeng takes on Kajan Johnson in a lightweight, with Korea’s ‘Supernatural’ Tae Hyun Bang set to go head-to-head with rising prospect Jon Tuck.
In a welterweight bout, Li Jingliang takes on veteran Roger Zapata, while another Ultimate Fighter China fighter Yao Zhikui takes on dynamic Nolan Ticman, who both debut at 125 pounds.
UFC makes its much anticipated live event debut in Manila at the Mall of Arena Asia on Saturday, 16 May.