Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber - that's a fight between two former champions, the number-one ranked featherweight and the number-three ranked bantamweight of the world. And it's a fight that has been in the making for a very long time.
Both were supposed to fight each other after coaching the 19th installment of the The Ultimate Fighter franchise last year, but couldn't agree on terms, so eventually B.J. Penn received Faber's spot in the show and the fight.
Now the fight is finally set, but putting it together hasn't exactly been a walk in the park, says Faber's Manager Mike Roberts.
"This fight was hard to put together," Faber's manager, Mike Roberts said. "I think Urijah and Frankie both know this is a legacy fight and wanted to do it for the fans. At least I know that's true for Urijah. It was the hardest fight to put together for me, ever."
Roberts didn't hint what exactly has made the negotiations so difficult. As BloodyElbow earlier reported, Faber and Edgar will square off on May 16th, in the main event of UFC's first ever fight night in Manila, capital of the Philippines. The bout will be contested at the featherweight limit of 145 lbs.