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UFC Fight Night Manila Takes Shape: Edgar/Faber, 4 Other Bouts Official

UFC Fight Night Manila Takes Shape: Edgar/Faber, 4 Other Bouts Official

Today, the UFC announced five bouts for the May 16 UFC Fight Night in the Philippines on their official website.

First, the show’s main event of Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber (which was reported yesterday here at Caged Insider and originally announced by MMA in Asia) has been confirmed.

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.

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