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Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes headlines December’s TUF 22 Finale event!

Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes headlines December’s TUF 22 Finale event!

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

 

 

A featherweight number one contender’s bout will headline December’s TUF 22 Finale event in Las Vegas, as UFC officials announced that Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes will square off on December 11.

Frankie Edgar (19-4-1 MMA) will be looking to extend his current win streak at five in a row when he faces “Money” in Sin City. “The Answer” was most recently seen in action at May’s UFC Fight Night 66 event, where he earned a unanimous decision victory over former WEC champ Urijah Faber. Prior to that, Edgar had posted victories over Cub Swanson, Charles Oliveira and MMA legend B.J. Penn respectively.

Meanwhile, Chad Mendes (17-3 MMA) will be looking to rebound, this after suffering a TKO loss to Conor McGregor at July’s UFC 189 event in Las Vegas. Prior to the setback, “Money” was coming off a first-round TKO victory over former title challenger Ricardo Lamas.

The TUF 22 Finale event will take place December 11 in Las Vegas. No venue for the event has been named at this time.

Who do you have winning this featherweight tilt?

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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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