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MANILA, Philippines – To hype the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first visit to the Philippines, Urijah Faber and Frankie Edgar will be arriving in the country earlier than planned to host an on-sale press conference on March 10.
The aforementioned event, where SM Tickets is expected to officially announce the ticket prices for UFC’s maiden fight card on Philippine soil, is scheduled to take place at Solaire Resort & Casino’s Grand Ballroom in Parañaque City, Metro Manila.
Faber and Edgar will be facing each other in a featherweight super-fight at UFC Fight Night 66, which happens on May 16 at the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Faber (32-7) is a two-division world champion, highlighting his early run in the sport by holding simultaneously both King of the Cage (KOTC) and Gladiator Challenge (GC) bantamweight belts and the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight title.
The 5-foot-6 native of Sacramento, California later vacated his KOTC and GC straps upon signing an exclusive contract with WEC after it was purchased by Zuffa, the parent entity of the UFC, in December 2006.
Furthermore, Faber went on to successfully defend WEC’s 145-pound trinket five times before losing it to Mike Brown at WEC 36 in November 2008.
In March 2011, he made his highly-anticipated Octagon debut in the co-headliner of UFC 128, where he edged out Eddie Wineland by unanimous decision.
Since his arrival to the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, Faber’s UFC record now stands at 8-3, which includes a remarkable four-straight triumphs with three submission wins in 2013.
“The California Kid” is now riding high on a two-fight winning streak since losing to then-bantamweight champion Renan Barao, thwarting the likes of Alex Caceres and Francisco Rivera.
Faber spearheaded a string of seminars, community outreaches, and mall tours in Manila during the summer period of last year.
On the other hand, Edgar (18-4-1) is on a roll as a featherweight as he piled up three victories in a row since his three-match losing skid in the hands of Jose Aldo and Benson Henderson twice.
Edgar, a former UFC lightweight champion, was last seen in action this past November when he submitted featherweight contender Cub Swanson with a neck crank in the fifth round. - Rappler.com