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Unlike other professional sports, there is no off-season in MMA. Week in and week out, fight cards all over the world are taking place. Some weeks there will be major fight cards filled with big name fighters, others not so much, but there are fights taking place every week.

Regardless of whether the fighters are household names or not, The MMA Corner will preview the best fight taking place during the week.

This week’s Fight of the Week is the UFC featherweight tilt between Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber.
On Saturday, May 16, 2015 the UFC will head to the Philippines for the first time for UFC Fight Night 66: Edgar vs. Faber. In the main event of the evening in front of a packed house of rabid fight fans, former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will battle it out with former longtime WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber.

If there is one thing that fight fans clamor for, it’s “Super Fights” and on Saturday, fans will be treated to just that. Edgar and Faber may not currently be champions but make no mistake, this bout is a true “Super Fight” between fighters who have competed at an elite level in multiple divisions.

As an undersized lightweight Edgar was able to capture UFC gold from all-time great BJ Penn. But after two title defenses, Edgar was defeated but the much larger Benson Henderson in back-to-back fights. Those losses prompted a move down to featherweight where Edgar was granted an immediate title shot against Jose Aldo. Edgar came up short on the judges’ scorecards against Aldo, but he has been a dominant force at featherweight since; winning three in a row including back-to-back finishes.

Then you have Faber, a fighter who has never lost a non-title fight in his career. You read that right, Faber has never lost when there is not a belt on the line. That is an incredible statistic when you stop and think about it, and it speaks to the excellence of Faber. As the face of the WEC, Faber defended his featherweight title five times, finishing all but one of his challengers. Since failing to reclaim his featherweight title, Faber has found a new home in the bantamweight division. There he has racked up an impressive record of 9-3; with all three losses coming in title bouts.

This should be an excellent bout between two of the greatest lighter weight fighters in the history of the sport. Edgar and Faber will surely put on a great show for the fans at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines.

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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.