On Saturday, May 16, the UFC touched down in the Philippines to bring fight fans UFC Fight Night 66: Edgar vs. Faber live from the Mall of Asia Arena.

Headlining the card was a bout between a pair of former champion in Urijah Faber and Frankie Edgar.

Faber (32-7), a former WEC featherweight champion turned UFC bantamweight contender, was last seen earning a second round submission win over Fransisco Rivera at UFC 181 in December. This marked the Team Alpha Male leader’s second straight submission win, with his previous one being a third round rear naked choke over Alex Caceres at UFC 175 in July. Prior to this string of wins, fans saw Faber’s four fight win streak snapped at the hands of former champion Renan Barão in their main event title fight at UFC 169.

Edgar (18-4-1), a former UFC lightweight champion turned featherweight contender, was coming off a dominant fifth round submission win over Cub Swanson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 57 in November. This marked his second straight stoppage win as the ‘Answer’ had previously walked away with violent third round TKO over fellow former champion B.J. Penn in the main event of the TUF 19 Finale in July. Prior to this string of success as a featherweight, Edgar  previously reigned supreme atop the 155-pound division for a little more than two years before dropping the belt to former champion Benson Henderson. He will enter this bout with a UFC record of 11-4-1.

Complete results and full recaps from the epic night of fighting can be found below.

MAIN CARD SUMMARY

Mark Eddiva got off to a rough start against UFC newcomer Levan Makashvili, who did himself a solid by pressing Eddiva’s back against the cage and attempting to wear him down in the first round. Makashvili would score an inside trip to secure the first round, but Eddiva would do a better job of defending takedowns in a somewhat uneventful second frame, despite an instance where Eddiva would grab the fence and still get dumped to the ground. Makashvili found openings for more takedowns in round three, as well as a body shot in one instance of the bout. In the end, the judges had a hard time agreeing about the victor, but ultimately, the decision went the way of the newcomer, who now savors his first UFC win.

Yui Chul Nam came into the Philippines with intentions of spoiling Philippe Nover’s UFC return, all while finding a way to look more impressive than he did in his UFC debut. For the first seven minutes of the bout, however, a healthy offense of takedowns to “The Korean Bulldozer” and a much-improved striking game told a different story. Nam would go on to arguably take the second half of the fight, as well as the third round, but Nover’s output in the standup proved the difference in how the judges saw the closely-contested second round of action, and although some in attendance disagreed, the TUF 8 alum would take home the better end of the night’s third split-decision verdict.

For a great deal of the first round, Hyun Gyu Lim looked like he would be the man to snap the six-fight winning streak of The Ultimate Fighter 16’s Neil Magny, as Lim delivered the type of “in your face” flurry of knees and punches that fans are used to seeing from him. Instead, Magny would recover and take control of the rest of the round. Once the second round rolled through and Magny finally found an opening to slam Lim to the ground, a full mount and a barrage of punched forced the referee’s intervention as Magny moved his winning record up to seven UFC wins in succession.

Mark Munoz never really let his foot off of his proverbial gas pedal against Luke Barnatt, as he aimed to ride out with a win and fought like it from the onset of the bout. Barnatt, to his credit, prevented Munoz from getting takedowns in the second round, and subsequently, was able to stay on the offensive, but wherever Munoz slipped in the second round, he adjusted  in the third round. By the end of the final frame, the result became academic, as Munoz would ride off into the MMA sunset with one final unanimous-decision victory to his name.

Gegard Mousasi never let Costas Philippou mount anything close to an offensive game for the entire three rounds of their co-headlining encounter. Mousasi may not have secured a finish, but for three rounds, Mousasi attacked with all of his will to stop the fight on his terms. His efforts may have merely caused Philippou to look bruised through the end of the full 15-minute affair, but on a night where three fights ended in split-decision outcomes, it felt appropriate that Mousasi’s three-round sweep would make for the night’s third instance of a unanimous-decision result.

Fans knew Frankie Edgar would have a difficult time exacting offense on Urijah Faber in the same way that Edgar had been able to do so on past opponents, but very few of those who predicted an Edgar victory expected the former UFC lightweight champion to dominate all five rounds as he did. The opportunities to land effective striking, though few and far between, still presented themselves to Edgar, who simply outpaced Faber to not only take the night’s fourth unanimous-decision outcome, but also to become the first man to defeat the former WEC featherweight champion in a non-title affair.

FULL RESULTS

MAIN CARD

Frankie Edgar def. Urijah Faber by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Gegard Mousasi def. Costas Philippou by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mark Munoz def. Luke Barnatt by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Neil Magny def. Hyun Gyu Lim by TKO (punches). Round 2, 1:24
Phillipe Nover def. Yui Chul Nam by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Levan Makashvili def. Mark Eddiva by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD

Jon Tuck def. Tae Hyun Bang by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:56
Kajan Johnson def. Zhang Lipeng by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Li Jingliang def. Dhiego Lima by knockout (punches). Round 1, 1:25
Ning Guangyou def. Royston Wee by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:59

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIM CARD

Jon Delos Reyes def. Roldan Sangcha-an by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 3:13
Yao Zhikui def. Nolan Ticman by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)