Today, the UFC announced five bouts for the May 16 UFC Fight Night in the Philippines on their official website.
The bout will be held at featherweight, and not a catch-weight as some had predicted.
The former lightweight champion Edgar (seen above) has been campaigning at featherweight since February 2013, and boasts an overall 18-4-1 MMA record. He is considered by many to be next in line for a title shot at the current featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who defeated Edgar by decision in 2013.
On the other hand, while Faber made his name at featherweight (including a reign as WEC champion from 2006-2008), the “California Kid” has been competing at bantamweight since 2010. It is unclear if this bout signals a permanent move back to the division for Faber, whose total MMA record stands at 32-7.
The other bouts will mostly feature talent from the Asia & Pacific Islands region, including veterans of The Ultimate Fighter: China reality series.
Tae Hyun Bang (17-8) of South Korea will face Jon Tuck (8-2) of Guam at lightweight. Tuck is 2-2 in the UFC while Bang is 1-1.
Li Jingliang (9-3) of China, who is 1-1 in the UFC, will face New Yorker Roger Zapata (4-1) at welter. Zapata is making his UFC debut.
Zhang Lipeng (9-8-1), the inaugural winner of The Ultimate Fighter China, will fight Canada’s Kajan Johnson (19-11-1), also at welter. Lipeng lost his last bout, against Chris Wade last month, to drop his official UFC record to 1-1. Johnson is making his promotional debut.
Finally, California’s Nolan Ticman (4-2) will face China’s Yao Zhikui (1-2) at flyweight. Zhikui had competed at featherweight for TUF: China, where he won a knockout in his first fight, but lost a decision and was eliminated. He then lost a controversial decision at the TUF:China finale last March. Ticman is also seeking his first UFC win.
Flyweight Roldan Sancha-an, the first Filipino fighter to compete for the UFC, is also expected to compete. The Baguio City native lost a close decision in his debut.
UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber will be held at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay (Metro Manila), Philippines. The event will be televised on FOX Sports 1 in the US.