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UFC Fight Night 66 results recap: Next matches to make for 'Edgar vs Faber' main card winners in Manila

After an exciting UFC Fight Night 66: "Edgar vs Faber" event, ponders what is next for the main card winners who picked up victories early Saturday morning (May 16, 2015) on the FOX Sports 1 event inside the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Manila, Philippines.

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After years of waiting and anticipation, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) finally headed to the Philippines for the first time this Saturday morning (May 16, 2015) for a night full of excitement at UFC Fight Night 66: "Edgar vs Faber," which took place live on FOX Sports 1 inside the Mall of Asia Arena.

The main event was a featherweight super fight between former champions Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber, but in the end it was a one-sided affair with "The Answer" swinging the hammer (highlights here). Edgar earned the unanimous decision with 50-45 scores across the board.

The co-main event was far less competitive than the main event, as Gegard Mousasi easily handled Costas Philippou en route to a unanimous decision victory. The victory earned "The Dreamcatcher" his first UFC winning streak.

Check out the highlights here.

With that quick recap of last night's marquee bouts, it's now time to play matchmaker with our "Next Matches To Make."

Winner: Levan Makashvili

Who He Should Fight Next: Phillipe Nover

Makashvili is very lucky Nik Lentz got sick prior to their scheduled UFC Fight Night 60 bout earlier this year, because had the former Cage Fury Fighting Championships titleholder made his debut across from "The Carny," he would have almost certainly lost.

Makashvili looked solid against Mark Eddiva, but he certainly did not look ready to face off against top 15 competition in UFC's featherweight division.

Of course, Octagon jitters could have gotten the best of "The Hornet," and maybe the next time we see him he will be far better inside the cage.

In my estimation, a perfect fight to schedule would be Makashvili against fellow UFC Fight Night 66 winner Phillipe Nover. "The Filipino Assassin" too was impressive in Manila, but a split decision victory over Yui Chul Nam proves that Nover has a long way to go before taking on top level competition.

Winner: Neil Magny

Who He Should Fight Next: Demian Maia

Seven wins in a row would pretty much guarantee any fighter a UFC title shot, but Neil Magny isn't even close to UFC gold due to odd matchmaking by Joe Silva and Sean Shelby.

Magny has long deserved a crack at top 15 competition, but he somehow has not earned that spot just yet.

With his third straight finish, and his fourth in his last five fights, it is time for Magny to earn a co-main event slot against a real test, and Demian Maia is essentially the only option.

I would rather witness Magny fight Thiago Alves (booked against Carlos Condit), Rick Story (booked against Erick Silva), or Dong Hyun Kim (booked against Josh Burkman), but those all seem unlikely at this point.

Maybe The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran should sit on the sidelines for a couple of months as the division plays itself out before getting back in there against someone who may be too difficult a task or someone who won't raise his stock any further.

In my estimation, Maia would be a huge step up in competition for Magny, but if he believes he is ready, I say give him the shot.

Winner: Mark Munoz

Mark Munoz won't be fighting ever again, but man what a way for him to close out his UFC career!

I still can't tell whether his performance against Barnatt or the post-fight interview was more impressive?

Check out the highlights of his dominant victory here, and check out the legendary retirement speech here.

Winner: Gegard Mousasi

Who He Should Fight Next: Loser of Chris Weidman vs Vitor Belfort title fight

At 29 years old, Gegard Mousasi has fought 44 times professionally, and he is still in the prime of his career.

Mousasi made easy work of Costas Philippou in Manila, and it is time for him to fight another top five contender next.

With Mousasi losing to both Ronaldo Souza and Lyoto Machida, and Luke Rockhold unquestionably fighting for the title next, the only other option is to give "The Dreamcatcher" the loser of the UFC 187 title fight between Vitor Belfort and Chris Weidman.

The timing makes sense as well with the title fight going down next weekend, so I would be shocked to see Joe Silva go a different route.

Winner: Frankie Edgar

Who He Should Fight Next: Winner of Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor title fight

The featherweight division is so incredibly stacked.

While I would love to see Edgar throw down with Urijah Faber's teammate Chad Mendes, I just don't see how UFC matchmakers can avoid giving "The Answer" the next crack at UFC gold.

Edgar knows McGregor was given the title shot solely based off the money he is going to make UFC brass at UFC 189, and he took it in stride by defeating a legend in the sport in Faber.

If "The Notorious" one is getting title shots based off victories over Dustin Poirier and Dennis Siver, what do dominant victories over Cub Swanson and Urijah Faber do for the former lightweight champ?

Edgar has won four fights in a row since losing to Jose Aldo back at UFC 156, and he has been dominant in each victory.

"The Answer" may not sell himself quite like Conor McGregor does, but his accomplishments inside the cage are nearly unrivaled.

Whether it is McGregor or Aldo standing across the cage from him, it is time for Frankie Edgar to fight for UFC gold once more.

For complete results from UFC Fight Night 66: "Edgar vs. Faber," including play-by-play updates, click here.

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