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Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Edgar set as UFC: Manila headliner

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Former champs Urijah Faber and Frankie Edgar are going to face off as the headliner on the UFC's first trip to the Philippines.

Urijah Faber during a 2014 open workout in Manila
Urijah Faber during a 2014 open workout in Manila
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UFC Fight Night: Manila now has a main event lined up as former champions Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber are set to face off. The bout will be contested at featherweight, and contrary to earlier announcements the May 16 card will be shown on Fox Sports 1.

The match up was first reported by MMA-in-Asia.

Faber and Edgar were at one point considered the best fighters at 145 and 155 lbs, and have since established themselves as top contenders after dropping down a division each.

After cleaning up most of the top 15 and having his teammate as champion, looking for interesting super fights made sense at this point in Faber's career. After 5 years away, he will now return to the division as he takes on the #1 ranked featherweight in Edgar.

In 2014, The California Kid also spent time touring the Philippines as he did numerous open workouts and media appearances in the country.

Sources close to the situation have also informed BloodyElbow.com that the headliner will be officially announced Thursday morning in Manila. More bouts are expected to be finalized and revealed in the coming days as well.