On Saturday, May 16, 2015, the UFC will head to the Philippines for the first time ever for a rare “Fight Morning” event. In truth, the event will take place in the evening at the Mall of Asia Area in Pasay City, Philippines, but with the time difference, it will air first thing Saturday morning here in the US.

This is a really interesting fight card that has more depth than many people realize. There are a lot of fighters who are unknowns to most fight fans here in the U.S., but that will change on Saturday. There is a lot of great young talent in the Asian market and this event features some of the top UFC prospects.

Not knowing what to expect from many of the fighters on the lower portion of the card, as a gambler, I would stay away from those bouts. But there are a few plays to be made on the main card, and the sportsbook online betting provides a number of  chances to make some money. Hopefully, I can rebound from an atrocious showing at UFC Fight Night 65 this past weekend.

Hyun Guy Lim +100 vs. Neil Magny, -120

This welterweight matchup between Lim and Magny has a lot of potential to be exciting. Both guys are entertaining and both guys are trying to claw their way up the welterweight ranks. Lim’s a finisher and his striking is crisp, but Magny is riding a huge wave of momentum right now. Things are clicking for him on all cylinders and that continues on Saturday.

The play: Take Magny to win

Luke Barnatt, -160 vs. Mark Munoz, +140

Win or lose, this will be Munoz’s last bout in the UFC and that makes him a dangerous man on Saturday. He gets to step into the Octagon with no expectations and no fear of being cut. This is his last hurrah, and coming off of a three-fight losing streak, I expect Munoz to come in ready to leave on a high note. Barnatt is a tough fighter, but he has lost back-to-back fights and that likely means he will come into this bout tense and worried about what another loss would mean for him.

The play: Take Munoz to win

Costas Philippou, +425 vs. Gegard Mousasi, -550

In the co-main event of the morning, two of the best boxers in the middleweight division will clash as Philippou and Mousasi square off. Philippou has incredibly fast hands and vicious power, but Mousasi is a tactician on the feet. I expect to see some great exchanges on the feet, but ultimately Mousasi will land the cleaner shots.

The play: Take Mousasi to win

Frankie Edgar, -400 vs. Urijah Faber, +325

Fight fans always what to talk about “Super Fights” and if this champion could beat that champion. Well, on Saturday, former UFC lightweight champion, Edgar, takes on former longtime WEC featherweight champion, Faber, is a great main event matchup. It will be interesting to see how this fight plays out because neither of these men loses non-title fights; Edgar’s last non-title loss was to Gray Maynard in April of 2008 while Faber has never lost a non-title fight.

There’s a big part of me that wants to pick Faber in this bout. but Edgar’s size and five-inch reach advantage will prove to be the difference here. Edgar has always had great footwork and strong technical boxing; with that added reach it will be tough for Faber to find much success.

The play: At -135, take Edgar to win by decision

Odds provided by BestFightOdds.com

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.