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UFC Manila results recap: Frankie Edgar outworks Urijah Faber

Bloody Elbow recaps the main event of Saturday night's UFC Manila Here, we look at the fight between long-time WEC star Urijah Faber and Frankie Edgar.

Photo by Anton Tabuena

On Saturday afternoon, former WEC champion Urijah Faber, faced former UFC champion Frankie Edgar, in a fight that was years in the making and while the fight didn't live up to the hype in terms of excitement, it did answer a few questions about the future of the featherweight division.

Official result: Frankie Edgar def. Urijah Faber via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

What was the high point of the fight?

What really stood out in this fight was Frankie Edgar's movement, throughout the fight he was able to get off first and effectively evade Faber's lunging counters. Since making the move to 145lbs, Edgar has looked even more spectacular, his performances against Cub Swanson, Charles Oliveria and yesterday against Urijah Faber, have all been extremely impressive and his lone loss in the division to Jose Aldo was competitive throughout.

Where do these two go from here?

Frankie Edgar deserves a title shot without a shadow of a doubt, but so to does Chad Mendes. The UFC featherweight division is packed with contenders and in some ways it's a shame that the UFC have pitted Jose Aldo against Conor McGregor, when it is so clear that both Chad Mendes and Frankie Edgar are more deserving of rematches with the champ.

It's back to bantamweight for the California Kid and if Francisco Rivera manages to beat Alex Caceres in June, it would make sense for the UFC to put Rivera and Faber back in the cage together after their first fight ended in such controversial circumstances.

Watch now, later, or never?

Never. There were high expectations going into this fight but most were really proven wrong. This fight wasn't exciting at all and while Edgar was impressive, he made no attempt to push for the finish.