The UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber main card took place on Saturday morning in Manila, where five consecutive match-ups built towards the superfight showcase in the main event. While the broadcast was far from fast paced, it was a fun show that featured several notable moments, including the exceptionally emotional sendoff of Mark Munoz in front of his hometown crowd.
The main card curtain jerker featured the debut of touted prospect Levan Makashveli and he managed to leave the Octagon with a decisive win that predominantly featured a top-heavy wrestling game. Makashvili controlled the opening round of the fight with his clinch game and grappling acumen and did much of the same for the majority of the fight. His weakest round of the fight was the second, where he had a hard time controlling Eddiva. However, he was able to rebound in the third to finish the lackluster fight in dominant position.
For the first time since 2010, Phillipe Nover set foot inside the UFC Octagon, where he managed a controversial win against Yui Chul Nam. The TUF 8 veteran looked good early in the fight and implemented a strategy that including suffocating Nam for the better part of the round. However, Nover gradually slowed down and allowed Nam to complete several takedowns and control him with his brute strength alone. Much of the same happened in the third round, which led many to believe that the ‘Korean Bulldozer' would get the nod. However, the judges granted Nover the victory, in a decision that left many fans and pundits scratching their heads.
Neil Magny had to weather an early storm from Hyun Gyu Lim in the opening minutes of the first round but overcame the flurry and rallied back to dominate the latter part of the opening round before closing out the affair less than two minutes into the second round. Lim looked exhausted after nearly finishing Magny in the first round and Magny managed to take advantage of that en route to one of the best wins of his professional career.
To the delight of the boisterous crowd in attendance, Mark Munoz completed his swan song with a storybook ending in the form of a dominant victory in his retirement fight against Luke Barnatt. The Filipino Wrecking Machine turned back the clock in his feature fight in front of his fellow countrymen and earned a straightforward unanimous decision victory in the process. It was a vintage showing from Munoz, who used his entire arsenal, including takedowns and donkey-punches to close out the final fight of his career in style.
In the co-main event of the evening, Gegard Mousasi put his grappling acumen on display against Costas Philippou, whom he smothered and controlled for the better part of the entire fight. Philippou stayed patient but didn't attempt to get out of position, so he allowed Mousasi to lie on him and land blows for the three rounds. It was a lackluster fight overall with very little to talk about apart from Gegard's complete dominance from bell to bell.