On Saturday, May 16, 2015, the UFC will travel to the Philippines for the first time ever. In front of a packed house at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines, UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber will feature a great mix of name fighters, solid up and comers and a host of local talent.

Headlined by an incredible bout between former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and former longtime WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber, UFC Fight Night 66 is a tremendous offering for the Filipino fan base. This featherweight matchup might not be being called a super fight, but that’s exactly what it is. What better way to make inroads into a new market than by featuring a bout between two former champions who also happen to be two of the sport’s biggest stars?

While the entire card should prove to be entertaining, I want to focus on the top four bouts on the bill. All four bouts are very significant for very different reasons and all four should be extremely entertaining to watch.

Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Neil Magny

The top of the UFC welterweight division is filled with some absolute killer and Lim and Magny desperately want to be in that fold. Both fighters have shown a lot of promise and the winner of this bout will likely be given some top competition from here on out.

Lim is a dangerous fighter with explosive knockout power, but Magny is on another level right now. Currently riding a six fight win streak in the Octagon, Magny is continually improving every time he steps into the cage. Lim has the power to put Magny to sleep, but Magny has more tools in his box.

Prediction: Magny via Unanimous Decision

Mark Munoz vs. Luke Barnatt

Even though Munoz never ascended to title contention, he has always been a popular fighter amongst his peers and the fans. Currently riding a three fight win streak Munoz has already announced that win or lose, this will be his last fight. That puts all of the pressure on Barnatt to win.

At 27, Barnatt has a lot of good years left in the tank, but coming into this bout with back-to-back losses, it’s win or go home for him against Munoz. Knowing that a loss would be bad, but a loss to a fighter who has lost three in a row and is retiring is much worse, and that pressure could be detrimental to Barnatt’s performance.

Barnatt’s height and length could pose a lot of problems for Munoz, but I see him coming into this bout loose and focused. Knowing this will be his last time in the cage, Munoz will be motivated to go out on a high note.

Prediction: Munoz via third round TKO

Gegard Mousasi vs. Costas Philippou

The co-main event of the evening should be a good one as two of the best boxers in the division battle it out. Mousasi and Philippou are both extremely dangerous with their hands and they are both jockeying for position in an ever deepening UFC middleweight division.

Philippou has great power and when he lands clean he can knock anyone out. But Mousais is great at avoiding damage on the feet while picking his opponents apart. Considering his power is his only real weapon against Mousasi I have a hard time seeing Philippou doing much here. This should be a great showcase fight for Mousasi.

Prediction: Mousasi via first round TKO

Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber

Simply put, the main event of the evening (morning here in the US) is going to be spectacular. How could it not be? Edgar and Faber are two of the best to ever compete inside the Octagon and they always put on a show when they fight.

There’s a big part of me that wants to pick Faber in this fight. I’ve always admired what he does in the cage and the fact that he has never lost a non-title fight speaks volumes. But good as Faber has been over the course of his career, Edgar is a bad matchup for him.

Edgar has great footwork and outstanding boxing. With a five inch reach advantage Edgar, is going to be able to dictate the distance and keep Faber on the outside with his jab. Faber will have some success, but Edgar will be the one landing the better shots and he will be too much for the former face of the WEC.

Prediction: Edgar via Unanimous Decision

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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.