The UFC is headed to the Philippines on May 15th for UFC Fight Night 65 and they’ve just booked a mouthwatering match-up for the main event between Urijah Faber Vs Frankie Edgar.
Faber had been set to rematch Raphael Assuncao at UFC Fight Night 62 in Brazil, but was pulled from that event in March after his opponent picked up an injury.
Now ‘The California Kid’ has a higher profile fight on the horizon and he’ll move back up to featherweight for the first time in five years to meet Edgar in the Octagon.
Interestingly, Faber had previously agreed to fight Edgar in 2013 when he was targeted to coach opposite the former lightweight champion on The Ultimate Fighter Season 19, but the UFC then had a change of heart and paired Edgar with BJ Penn instead.
Faber is currently on a two fight winning streak since his latest unsuccessful bantamweight title attempt against Renan Barao a year ago. His last win in December was controversial though, appearing to come off second best against underdog opponent Francisco Rivera in the opening round before an unintentional eyepoke in the second that wasn’t spotted by the referee changed the whole momentum of the encounter and quickly led to him finishing by submission shortly afterwards.
Edgar has been plying his trade in the featherweight ranks since February of 2013 when he was unsuccessful in an attempt to take the title from Jose Aldo.
Since then Edgar has defeated Charles Oliveira, BJ Penn and most recently one of the division’s top contenders Cub Swanson with the latest finish in UFC history – a neck crank with four seconds remaining in the fifth round.
Edgar is currently ranked as the No.1 contender at 145lbs but with Conor McGregor being fast-tracked to a title shot, ‘The Answer’ isn’t going to get a rematch with Aldo just yet and so a big fight with Faber, who’s ranked No.3 in the bantamweight division, is a good way to keep him busy in the mean-time.