Five UFC Manila Bouts Announced in Support of Edgar vs. Faber

February 12, 2015
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Hot on the heels of the announcement that Urijah Faber and Frankie Edgar would face off in the main event of UFC Fight Night Manila comes confirmation of five more fights for the show, which is set for May 16 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The UFC’s first card in the Philippine will be shown live on Fox Sports 1 and is stacked with veterans from Asian promotions such as Ruff, Legend FC and PXC, including a couple of TUF: China alumni.

> SEE ALSO: Frankie Edgar to Meet Urijah Faber in May at UFC Fight Night Manila 

There are two match-ups that pit former PXC fighters against one another as South Korea’s Tae Hyun Bang (17-8) takes on Jon Guam’s Tuck (8-2) in lightweight action and Jon Delos Reyes (7-4), also from Guam, faces Filipino Roldan Sancha-an (4-1) at 125 pounds.

The remaining three match-ups all feature Chinese fighters with former Legend FC 170-pound champion Li Jingliang (9-3) going up against promotional newcomer Roger Zapata (4-1) and TUF: China winner Zhang Lipeng (9-8-1) taking on Canada’s Kajan Johnson (19-11-1).

Finally, Yao Zhikui (1-2), a TUF: China alum who was on the wrong end of a controversial split decision in his UFC debut, drops down to 125 pounds to take on Nolan Ticman (4-2). Each is looking for his first Octagon win.

Initially advertized as a Fight Pass event, UFC Fight Night Manila will now be shown on Fox Sports 1, meaning the eagerly anticipated match-up between Faber and Edgar will be live on TV in the U.S. The event will probably start in the morning local time, although there has been no confirmation of the start time as of the time of publication.

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  • powerboy55

    Yao zhikui is a beast with his punches and gnp. Just needs better takedown def. He was small at 135, so this move to 125 shld be gd for him.

    Faber vs Edgar is gonna be a war. Similar styles, shld be an action packed 5 rds. The filipinos are in for a treat.

    • George Sperry

      What kind of word is shld?

      • powerboy55


        • The Prognosticator

          This is what it’s like when worlds COOOOOLLLLIIIIIIDDDDEEE!

  • shakejunt

    i like that the local guys are getting winnable fights, but not quite squash matches.