The Aftermath Report: UFC Fight Night Manila

Frankie Edgar Conquers Faber

After five rounds of fast-paced action, Frankie Edgar’s hand was raised victorious in today’s marquee fight. Edgar, as usual, was able to control the pace of the fight. He fought at his speed and his range, mostly keep Faber reactionary. The result was an exciting, high speed chess match that showed why these guys are two of the best in the business under 155. Edgar did a good job of controlling center Octagon, cutting off angles, and finding a home for his right hand throughout the fight. Faber did a great job of utilizing his movement to set up his shots, but he was looking for a big one that he was never able to land.

We often hear about how good Frankie’s wrestling is, but he put it on display tonight against Faber as he was able to both avoid being taken down while landing some of his own. To his credit, Faber refused to stay down and quickly bounced back to his feet. Still, for Edgar to control someone of Faber’s pedigree is an accomplishment.

The end result was a unanimous (50-45 x 3) decision for Edgar and an almost guaranteed title shot against the winner of this summer’s Aldo McGregor clash. For Faber, the one-off fight at featherweight doesn’t really hurt his position in the bantamweights, but with teammate TJ Dillashaw the current champion and Barao, who has beaten him twice, the only other current option, the path to gold is murkier. The next logical step for Faber is probably the once-scheduled WEC rematch against #3 ranked Raphael Assuncao.

Munoz Wins Retirement Fight

Mark Munoz put on what may have been the best performance of his career on his way out against Luke Barnatt, a tough British Ultimate Fighter alumni. Munoz dominated on the feet and on the canvas en route to a unanimous (30-27 x 2, 29-28) decision. Range wasn’t a problem for the smaller Munoz who stepped in and found a home for his overhand right on multiple occasions. The Filipino Wrecking Machine was tearful on the walk out, and he was humble in his victory, placing his gloves in the center of the cage at the end of the fight (even though his corner scooped them up on the way out (somebody had to get them (right?))).

Neil Magny Makes it 7 Straight

Neil Magny has quietly put together a Cerronelike run of success against the lesser end of welterweight division ever since his last defeat back in November 2013. Magny was back to action last February and began his seven fight win streak by defeating Gasan Umalatov. He went on to tie the UFC’s record for number of wins in a calendar year at five, and so far he’s on pace to do the same again in 2015 after tacking on two more wins. His latest victim was Korea’s Hyun Gyu Lim, a former PXC champ now 3-2 in the UFC.

The Rest of the Card

The rest of the card was littered with strange split decisions and some interesting developments across divisions. Li Jingling made quick work of Dhiego Lima, and Jon Delos Reyes vs. Roldan Sangcha-An is a strong contender for the best fight of May so far. The UFC continues to push Gegard Mousasi, a competitive yet vanilla middleweight, who outgrappled a hopeless Costas Philippou.

Awards

  • Performance of the Night: Jon Tuck and Neil Magny
  • Fight of the Night: Jon Reyes vs. Roldan Sangcha-An

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