On the surface, today’s UFC Fight Night Manila may seem like a night of firsts.
It was the promotion’s first visit to the Philippines, a country well known for its love of the fight game.
In the main event, Frankie Edgar became the first man to defeat Urijah Faber in a non-title bout.
But as historic as the former may be, and as impressive as the latter may be — Edgar’s decision victory over Faber clearly positions him as the next title contender at featherweight — it’s likely the night will be best remembered for being the last time Mark Muñoz fought in MMA.
The Filipino-American Muñoz, an underdog for his undercard bout against England’s Luke Barnatt, had called it a dream to fight in Manila, and announced beforehand that the fight would be his last — win or lose.
However, with the support of a raucous crowd, the former NCAA All-American dominated the bout from opening bell, securing several takedowns and landing overhand rights virtually at will.
He then made good on his promise, addressing the crowd in both Filipino (Tagalog) and English:
“Pilipinas mahal ko kayong lahat! Maraming maraming salamat po sa inyong suporta at tiwala sa akin!”
(“Philippines, I love you all! Many thanks for your support and trust in me!”)
He went on to thank his fans in the US and training partners over the years.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better ending,” he said. “I thank God I was able to end my career here.”
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In the night’s co-main, Gegard Mousasi won a unanimous decision, mostly on the basis of ground control and effective takedowns, against Costas Philippou.
For full play-by-play and results from the event, please see our UFC Fight Night Manila Results & PBP.