The UFC® makes its much anticipated live event debut in Manila when it brings the Octagon® to the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday, May 16. The main event will see the former lightweight champion and current No. 1 ranked featherweight mixed martial artist, Frankie “The Answer” Edgar face fellow American, Urijah “The California Kid” Faber in a five-round featherweight battle at 145 pounds.
Also confirmed for UFC FIGHT NIGHT MANILA: EDGAR vs. FABER is the Philippines’ own Roldan Sangcha-an (4-1, fighting out of Baguio City, Philippines), who will have the Mall of Asia Arena behind him when he takes on skilled Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, Jon Delos Reyes (7-4, fighting out of Tamuning, Guam) in a flyweight tilt.
Also joining the event is Filipino striking specialist, Mark Eddiva, who will meet American, Alex White in the Octagon for an explosive match-up.
UFC Manila will be broadcast all over the world giving the international fans of the UFC a taste of the immense passion and support the Philippine fans have for MMA. Other bouts will be confirmed as they become available.
Tickets will go on sale on March 13, launched in conjunction with SM Tickets at www.smtickets.com.
For more information or current fight news, visit ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.
UFC Fight Night Manila Card
May 16, 2015 – SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City
Featherweight bout: Frankie Edgar (18-4-1) vs. Urijah Faber (32-7)
Flyweight bout: Roldan Sangch-an (4-1) vs. Jon Delos Reyes (7-4)
Featherweight bout: Mark Eddiva (6-1) vs. Alex White (10-2)
Lightweight bout: Philippe Nover (10-5-1) vs. Yui Chul Nam (18-4-1)
Lightweight bout: Zhang Lipeng (9-8-1) vs. Kajan Johnson (19-12-1)*
Lightweight bout: Tae Hyun Bang (17-8) vs. Jon Tuck (8-2)**
Welterweight bout: Li Jingliang (9-3) vs. Roger Zapata (4-1)***
Flyweight bout: Yao Zhikui (1-2) vs. Nolan Ticman (4-2)****
*The Ultimate Fighter China winner, Zhang ‘The Warrior’ Lipeng (9-8-1, fighting out Beijing, China) takes on ‘Rajan’ Kajan Johnson (19-12-1, fighting out of Montreal, Canada) in a lightweight clash.
**Korea’s ‘Supernatural’ Tae Hyun Bang (17-8, fighting out of Seoul, Korea) takes on rising prospect, Jon ‘The Super Saiyan’ Tuck (8-2, fighting out of Hagatna, Guam) in a lightweight fight that highlights two emerging MMA markets in Asia.
***In a welterweight bout, Li ‘The Leech’ Jingliang (9-3, fighting out of Beijing, China) takes on The Ultimate Fighter: Edgar vs. Penn veteran, Roger ‘Viva’ Zapata (4-1, fighting out of New York, New York).
****Another Ultimate Fighter from China steps back in the Octagon when Yao Zhikui (1-2, fighting out of Beijing, China) meets dynamic Nolan Ticman (4-2, fighting out of Huntington Beach, Calif.) in the debut of both fighters at 125 pounds.