Edgar staked his claim for the next
Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight title shot by
defeating former 145-pound ace Urijah Faber
in the May 16 main event of
UFC Fight Night in Manila. While the New Jersey native’s
victory was not a complete wipeout, it was a shutout, as Frankie
outworked Faber for five rounds to earn scores of 50-45 on all
three judges’ cards.
The timing could hardly be better for Edgar to rise as the next
145-pound contender, with champion Jose Aldo’s
defense against Conor
McGregor at UFC
189 less than two months away. For now, “The Answer” maintains
his No. 3 spot at 145 pounds, behind only Aldo and two-time
The card’s 185-pound co-main event featured Gegard
Mousasi cruising to a three-round unanimous decision win over
Philippou. Mousasi passes the inactive Tim Kennedy
in this edition of the middleweight top 10, moving up to No. 8.
Surging welterweight Neil Magny
makes his first appearance on the list of 170-pound contenders
thanks to his seventh consecutive win. Magny survived an early
knockdown to punch out Hyun Gyu
Lim in the second round of their May 16 encounter.
In other action, Yuki Motoya
picked up an easy submission win against overmatched South Korean
youngster Jong Heon
Chae at Deep “72
Impact,” running Motoya’s winning streak to six straight and
maintaining his spot on the list of 125-pound contenders.