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Faber vs. Edgar Slated for UFC Manila Main Event

(UFC bantamweight and Team Alpha Male founder Urijah Faber weighs in)

MMA-in-Aisia.com and Bloody Elbow report that former champions Urijah Faber (32-7-0) and Frankie Edgar (17-4-1) will serve as the headlining bout in the UFC’s first event in the Philippines. The official announcement from the UFC is expected to be made shortly. It has not been announced what weight the fighters will meet at.

Frankie Edgar

(Frankie Edgar walks back to his corner between rounds during his fight against Gray Maynard during the UFC 136 event at Toyota Center on October 8, 2011 in Houston, Texas.)

Frankie Edgar (18-4-1) has answered 3 tough decision losses with 3 consecutive wins. Since his title shot loss to Aldo, he has defeated Charles Oliveira, B.J. Penn and Cub Swanson at featherweight. He appeared to be in position for another shot at the champ before the featherweight anomaly Connor McGregor earned the fight with a win over Dennis Siver. Depending on the fight’s weight, Edgar may have a formidable size advantage over the “California Kid.”

Urijah Faber

(Urijah Faber celebrates defeating Brian Bowles during a UFC Bantamweight bout at the HP Pavillion)

Urijah Faber is 6-1 in his last 7 fights, with a lone loss to former bantamweight champion Renan Barão. He has since submitted Alex Caceres and Francisco Rivera in the following 2 fights. Fighting at a higher weight will put “The California Kid” at a size disadvantage, but you can’t count out his skill set as a long time veteran.

What a win means for either fighter is difficult to place. Faber’s Alpha Male Teammate T.J. Dillashaw is currently at the top of the banatmweight division, though both have gone on record stating that they are open to the potential fight. Frankie Edgar has already had a shot at Jose Aldo, so it may be in his booking favor to see Conor McGregor win the title. Where do you think a win would place Edgar or Faber in their division standings? Will the weight advantage be the deciding factor?

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