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REMINDER: UFC Fight Night 66 takes place this Saturday‏

REMINDER: UFC Fight Night 66 takes place this Saturday‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

The UFC octagon will invade the Philippines for the first-time in history this Saturday for UFC Fight Night 66.

The historic event is headlined by a key featherweight fight featuring former UFC lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar (18-4-1 MMA) taking on former WEC Champ Urijah “The California Kid” Faber (32-7 MMA).

Frankie Edgar is currently riding a three-fight win streak, which includes stoppage victories over B.J. Penn and Cub Swanson. A fourth consecutive victory would likely secure “The Answer” another shot at UFC featherweight gold.

Meanwhile, former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber will return to the 145-pound division for the first time in over five years when he faces Edgar this weekend. “The California Kid” has won two-straight fights, his latest being a submission victory over Francisco Rivera at December’s UFC 181 event.

In the evening’s co-main event slot, former Strikeforce title holder Gegard Mousasi (36-5-2 MMA) will battle Costas Philippou (13-4 MMA).

Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi is coming off a first-round TKO victory over Dan Henderson, which he earned at January’s UFC on FOX 14 event in Sweden. Prior to the win, Mousasi suffered a third-round submission loss to “Jacare” Souza this past September.

Meanwhile, Costas Philippou was last seen in action in May of 2014, where he scored a first-round KO victory over Lorenz Larkin. The victory snapped a two-fight losing skid for Costas, who had previously suffered losses to Luke Rockhold and Francis Carmont respectively.

Here is Saturday’s full UFC Fight Night 66 lineup:

Main Card: (Fox Sports 1 – 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT)
Frankie Edgar (18-4-1) vs. Urijah Faber (32-7)
Gegard Mousasi (36-5-2) vs. Costa Philippou (13-4, 1NC)
Mark Munoz (13-6) vs. Luke Barnatt (8-2)
Neil Magny (14-3) vs. Hyun Gyu Lim (13-4-1)
Phillipe Nover (6-3-1) vs. Yui Chui Nam (18-4-1)
Mark Eddiva (6-1) vs. Levan Makashvili (9-1)

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1 – 8 a.m. ET/5 a.m. PT)
Tae Hyun Bang (17-8) vs. Jon Tuck (8-2)
Zhang Lipeng (9-8-1) vs. Kajan Johnson (19-12-1)
Li Jingliang (9-3) vs. Dhiego Lima (11-3)
Ning Guangyou (5-2-1) vs. Royston Wee (4-0)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass – 7 a.m. ET/4 a.m. PT)
Roldan Sangch-an (4-1) vs. Jon Delos Reyes (7-4)
Nolan Ticman (4-2) vs. Yao Zhikui (1-3)

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Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber set for UFC Fight Night in Manila‏

Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber set for UFC Fight Night in Manila‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

A super fight between former MMA champions Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber has been booked to headline May’s UFC debut event in Manila, Philippines.

Former UFC lightweight champion and current #1 ranked featherweight contender, Frankie Edgar, has won three fights in a row. Frankie’s most recent victory came this past November in Texas, where he submitted Cub Swanson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 57. Prior to that, Edgar defeated MMA legend BJ Penn via third-round TKO at July’s TUF 19 Finale event in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, “The California Kid” is currently riding a two-fight win streak. Faber was last seen in action at December’s UFC 181 event, where he earned a submission victory over Francisco Rivera. Since joining the UFC ranks in March of 2011, Faber has compiled a 8-3 record with his only losses coming to champions Renan Bara and Dominick Cruz.

The bout will take place at featherweight (145-pounds).

The ‘UFC Fight Night Manila’ event is set for May 16, 2015.

Who do you have winning this fight between former champions?

 

 

If victorious against Siver, McGregor gets next crack at Aldo

If victorious against Siver, McGregor gets next crack at Aldo

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

Sorry Frankie Edgar, but if Connor McGregor proves victorious in his main event fight against Dennis Siver at “UFC Fight Night 59”, the brash Irishman will receive the next shot at Jose Aldo’s UFC featherweight gold.

That’s how UFC President Dana White summed up the promotions current featherweight title picture earlier today:

“This fight in Boston, if he wins, he’s going to fight for the title,” White said.

The decision will likely rub some fighters the wrong way, but it will also likely “move needles” which we all know the UFC is very fond of.

McGregor is coming off a first-round knockout victory over top-10 ranked featherweight fighter Dustin Poirier at September’s UFC 178 event.

“Notorious” now faces unranked Dennis Siver in a bout that will decide who gets the next crack at Jose Aldo’s 145-pound strap.

It does seem a little unfair for former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, who just defeated the divisions top contender Cub Swanson in a lop-sided decision.

But, business is business and a fight between McGregor and Aldo will surely do big numbers.

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UFC Fight Night 57: Edgar vs. Swanson Results

UFC Fight Night 57: Edgar vs. Swanson Results

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

UFC Fight Night 57: Edgar vs. Swanson Results

Main Card (on FOX Sports 1)

Frankie Edgar def. Cub Swanson by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:56, R5
Edson Barboza def. Bobby Green by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Chico Camus def. Brad Pickett by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Oleksiy Oliynyk def. Jared Rosholt by KO (punches) at 3:21, R1
Joseph Benavidez def. Dustin Ortiz by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Matt Wiman def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Preliminary Card (on FOX Sports 1)

Ruslan Magomedov def. Josh Copeland by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Roger Narvaez def. Luke Barnatt by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
James Vick def. Nick Hein by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Akbarh Arreola def. Yves Edwards by submission (armbar) at 1:52, R1

Preliminary Card (on UFC Fight Pass)

Paige VanZant def. Kailin Curran by TKO (punches) at 2:54, R3
Dooho Choi def. Juan Puig by TKO (punches) at 0:18, R1

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