Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to FOX Sports 1 for an early morning fiesta of fisticuffs this Saturday (May 16, 2015) as UFC Fight Night 66: "Edgar vs. Faber" goes down live from the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines.
In UFC's first trip to Philippines, fight fans will be treated to an epic super fight pitting former champs against each other as former WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber takes on the former UFC lightweight kingpin Frankie Edgar in the main event on the
Catch all the action LIVE with a main card start time of 10 a.m. ET (for up-to-date UFC Fight Night 66 results click here).
Below is everything you need to know to stay on top of the FOX Sports 1 event in Pasay.
Who: Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber
What: UFC Fight Night 66
When: Sat., May 16, 2015, beginning at 7:00 a.m. ET on Fight Pass
Where: Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines
How To Watch: Main card at 10 a.m ET; FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" under card at 8 a.m. ET; Exclusive UFC Fight Pass "Prelims" under card at 7:00 a.m ET.
Live UFC Fight Night 66 results: Play-by-play coverage stream right here
Why It Matters: Mixed martial arts (MMA) has a huge following in the Philippines, and the world's leading MMA promotion is finally making its way to Pasay to put on a show for the die-hard fans in attendance. ONE Championship has been packing stadiums in Pasay for just over two years, so these fans absolutely deserve to watch a live UFC event. With a handful of Filipino fighters set to throw down tomorrow AM -- including the beloved Mark Munoz -- expect a raucous crowd on FOX Sports 1.
What's Hot: Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber are going to throw down tomorrow. Yes, this is real life people! Two of the most legendary lighter weight fighters in MMA history are going to put on an absolute show in the Philippines, and I personally can not wait. Edgar is unquestionably one of the greatest 155-pounders in MMA history, and even though he has brought his talents down to 145, his performances in the featherweight division have been world class thus far. As for Faber, "The California Kid" may not be able to secure UFC gold this late in his career, but a decade of dominance in the lower weight classes has unquestionably made the Team Alpha Male leader a future UFC hall of famer. Sit back, and enjoy the show, for it is not often we are treated to fights of this magnitude.
What's Not: This is an international event geared towards the Filipino audience, so it is to be expected the card lacks any major names outside the main and co-main event. It is really hard to nitpick an event that offers up Edgar vs Faber while also delivering the beautiful violence we have been accustomed to witness courtesy of Gegard Mousasi. If you really want to hear something negative about UFC Fight Night 66, the glaring weakness of the card is the "Prelims."
Original Card vs Actual Card:
The injury bug stayed away from this card almost entirely, but two inconsequential bouts were changed due to injuries.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) product Roger Zapata was expected to make his UFC debut against Li Jingliang tomorrow, but an injury forced UFC officials to replace Zapata with fellow TUF product Dhiego Lima.
Levan Makashvili will get his crack inside the Octagon tomorrow thanks in part to Alex White getting injured. Makashvili will now face Mark Eddiva in the opening bout on FOX Sports 1.
Levan Makashvili (vs. Mark Eddiva): Yet another former Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) titleholder will make his Octagon debut this weekend. Levan Makashvili is a very well-rounded fighter, boasting a 6-1 record with three (technical) knockouts to his credit. "The Hornet" will look to make a statement in Pasay tomorrow.
How The "Prelims" Look: Not all that enticing.
I think it is safe to say none of the 12 combatants set to throw down on the "Prelims" will ever be UFC contenders, but that doesn't mean fight fans won't be treated to a handful of exciting fights.
The fight to watch? Tae Hyun Bang vs Jon Tuck.
The "Prelims" main event should be a barnburner, as both Bang and Tuck have a penchant for putting on enthralling fights that captivate audiences. I'm expecting an all-out war, and someone is going to get finished in devastating fashion.
Who Needs A Win Badly: This portion is reserved for fighters who could be fighting for their jobs today, rather than contenders or title challengers needing victory. Let's take a look at those who need to pull it together:
Jon Delos Reyes (vs. Roldan Sangcha-an): Reyes has been finished in both of his UFC appearances. If he can't get by Sancha-an in Pasay, his UFC run will end at 0-3.
Zhikui Yao (vs. Nolan Ticman): Yao is 1-2 in his MMA career, and while he only had one UFC appearance thus far, I doubt UFC officials will keep him on the roster following a loss tomorrow morning.
Luke Barnatt (vs. Mark Munoz): Barnatt is a legit talent in UFC's middleweight division, but after two straight split decision losses, the TUF product's back is against the wall. While I wouldn't be shocked to see "Bigslow" get one more chance if he does indeed lose to Munoz tomorrow, losing three fights in a row in any fashion is not something you want to risk inside the Octagon.
Interest Level: 9/10
Even if you don't watch a single fight prior to the main event, the Frankie Edgar vs Urijah Faber super fight has to make you giddy as a fight fan.
Two legends of the sport are going to throw down in what will hopefully be a close and exciting contest, and the fight is FREE on FOX Sports 1.
What more could you possibly ask for?
Check out the full UFC Fight Night 66 card right here:
145 lbs.: Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber
FOX Sports 1 Main Card (10 a.m. ET):
185 lbs.: Gegard Mousasi vs. Costas Philippou
185 lbs.: Mark Munoz vs. Luke Barnatt
170 lbs.: Neil Magny vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
145 lbs.: Philippe Nover vs. Yui Chul Nam
145 lbs.: Mark Eddiva vs. Levan Makashvili
FOX Sports 1 Prelims (8 a.m. ET):
155 lbs.: Tae Hyun Bang vs. Jon Tuck
155 lbs.: Kajan Johnson vs. Lipeng Zhang
170 lbs.: Li Jingliang vs. Dhiego Lima
135 lbs.: Ning Guangyou vs. Royston Wee
UFC Fight Pass Prelims (7 a.m. ET):
125 lbs.: Jon Delos Reyes vs. Roldan Sangcha-an
125 lbs.: Nolan Ticman vs. Zhuikui Yao
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 66 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to start at 7 a.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" bouts at 8 a.m. ET, before moving on to the main card, which is slated to start at 10 a.m. ET.
See you then!