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Monday Morning Hangover: What's next for Urijah Faber after UFC Manila loss to Frankie Edgar?

The future isn't all bleak for one of the most popular MMA fighters in the game today.

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Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as UFC Fight Night 66 blew the roof off the Mall of Asia Arena last Saturday (May 16, 2015) in Pasay, Philippines.

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

Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Luke Barnatt, who was knocked around for three rounds by Mark Munoz, who ended his mixed martial arts (MMA) career on a high note (video replay here). And Costas Philippou, who was absolutely overwhelmed and smothered by Gegard Mousasi (recap).

But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now 48 hours removed from the UFC on FOX Sports 1 event?

Urijah Faber.

Winner of two straight, "The California Kid" looked to get his third win in a row in a much-anticipated "super fight" against former lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, in the main event of the evening. A win wouldn't have done much for Faber, as far as a title run is concerned, as the bout was contested in the featherweight division.

It was an important fight nonetheless, as it would have kept his winning streak in non-title fights alive. Plus, no one likes to lose, title fight or not.

Unfortunately for Faber, he simply didn't have "The Answer" for the problems being thrown his way, which was Frankie's patented punches in bunches, in-and-out attack. Expected to at least match Edgar's speed, Faber simply couldn't time the range to connect cleanly on his opponent.

When he did, Frankie ate his best shots and kept coming.

When all was said and done, Edgar outclassed "The California Kid" on the feet and the grappling department, though to his credit, Faber was never in any real danger. In the end, Faber suffered a non-title fight loss for the first time in his career, as Edgar completely shut him out for 25 minutes (video replay here).

What does that means for his career? It's hard to say.

As mentioned earlier, he still has a two-fight win streak at 135 pounds, so he can still head back to his division and continue to rack up wins and hope he gets another shot at the title. If not, he can always stay at featherweight and continue to entertain fans in "fun" fights that aren't necessarily for the gold.

He can do that at bantamweight, too.

Regardless of what Faber decides to do, the bouts and opponents are out there for him. If it were up to me, I'd match him up against Rafael Assuncao at 135 pounds. The two were expected to rematch at UFC Fight Night 62 earlier this year.

Rafael, however, was forced out of the bout with an ankle injury.

But now that he's almost ready to return to action, a do over -- and most importantly a win -- against Faber would be the perfect way to expedite his long-awaited title shot.

A win for Faber, on the other hand, could keep him in the mix a bit longer.

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