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The UFC put forth a “Thriller in Manila” Saturday morning, as former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar battled ex-WEC titleholder Urijah Faber in the first Octagon bout from the Philippines at UFC Fight Night 66.

Despite neither wearing gold, Edgar and Faber put on a show for the Filipino fans, as “The Answer” scored on several takedowns and implored his quantity of offensive strikes in pulling out the decision win.

Edgar has now won four in a row, including victories over Faber, Cub Swanson and BJ Penn. The loss for Faber was the first of his career in a non-title fight, snapping a two-fight win streak in the process.

Coming off a win over Dan Henderson, former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi improved to 4-2 with the UFC by dominating Costas Philippou. Mousasi imposed his will, taking Philippou down with ease and doing damage on the ground.

It was just as he dreamed it would be, as Mark Munoz scored a decision victory over Luke Barnatt in his retirement fight. The Filipino-American fighter dominated, executing his game plan of wrestling and trademark “Donkey Kong” punches – much to the delight of the home crowd.

Neil Magny accepted an overseas fight with a tough opponent in Hyun Gyu Lim, and after eating a series of big-time shots, he executed his game plan and earned his seventh straight win. For Magny, it was the third consecutive finish, as he picked up a second round TKO.

After five years away, Phillipe over made a triumphant return to the UFC with a split decision victory over Yui Chul Nam. Making his Octagon debut, Levan Makashvili used his wrestling to grind out a split decision vs. Filipino fighter Mark Eddiva.

The prelims featured four finishes among six fights, including a first round stoppage by Jon Tuck over Tae Hyun Bang in the “main event.” Tuck dropped Bang, pouncing on his back and quickly locking up a rear-naked choke victory in just under four minutes.

Li Jingliang had an even shorter night, scoring a first round knockout of Dhiego Lima in just 85 seconds. Ning Guangyou finished Royston Wee, while Jon Delos Reyes choked out Roldan Sangch-An.

Kajan Johnson took a decision from Zhang Lipeng and Yao Zhikui was awarded a split decision victory over Nolan Ticman to begin the card.

Reyes and Sangch-An earned “Fight of the Night” honors, while Tuck and Magny each picked up “Performance of the Night” awards. All four won $50,000 bonuses.

The attendance inside the Mall of Asia Arena was announced at 13,446, which marked a sellout.

Complete results can be found below:

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

Gegard Mousasi def. Costas Philippou via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Neil Magny def. Hyun Gyu Lim via TKO (strikes) at 1:24 of Round 2

Phillipe Nover def. Yui Chul Nam via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Levan Makashvili def. Mark Eddiva via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Jon Tuck def. Tae Hyun Bang via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:53 of Round 1

Kajan Johnson def. Zhang Lipeng via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Li Jingliang def. Dhiego Lima via KO (strike) at 1:25 of Round 1

Ning Guangyou def. Royston Wee via TKO (strikes) at 4:59 of Round 2

Jon Delos Reyes def. Roldan Sangch-an via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:13 of Round 2

Yao Zhikui def. Nolan Ticman via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of the UFC Fight Night 66: Edgar vs. Faber main card from Manila.

In the main event, former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will try to become the first fighter to best Urijah Faber in a non-title fight. The two headline the first UFC card from the Philippines and the Mall of Asia Arena.

Edgar has won three in a row, while Faber – a former WEC champion – will be returning to the featherweight division.

Along with Edgar-Faber, Gegard Mousasi battles Costas Philippou, Hyun Gyu Lim meets Neil Magny, Phillipe Nover faces Yui Chul Nam and Mark Eddiva squares off with Levan Makashvili. Also, Mark Munoz will make his retirement bout against Ultimate Fighter alum Luke Barnatt.

We’ll have quick results of the early prelims, which begin on UFC Fight Pass at 7 a.m. ET before shifting over to FOX Sports 1 at 8 a.m. ET. The main card, which we will be providing complete play-by-play coverage for, starts at 10 a.m. ET on FS1.

In early prelim action:

Yao Zhikui def. Nolan Ticman via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Jon Delos Reyes def. Roldan Sangch-an via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:13 of Round 2

Ning Guangyou def. Royston Wee via TKO (strikes) at 4:59 of Round 2

Li Jingliang def. Dhiego Lima via KO (strike) at 1:25 of Round 1

Kajan Johnson def. Zhang Lipeng via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Jon Tuck def. Tae Hyun Bang via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:53 of Round 1

MAIN CARD

Mark Eddiva vs. Levan Makashvili

We begin the main card in the featherweight division, as Levan Makashvili (6-1) makes his Octagon debut against Mark Eddiva (6-1). A native Filipino, Eddiva will have the crowd in his corner for this one.

Round 1: Swift leg kicks from Eddiva right off the bat, as Makashvili takes control of the center. Makashvili lands with a quick left and Eddiva shoots for a takedown. Nice defensive wrestling for “The Hornet,” as they exchange knees to the body. Makashvili picks him up with a single-leg and scores an easy takedown. Bit of a lull against the fence and the ref steps in. Nice combo from Eddiva and Makashvili answers back, and we get more kicks from the Filipino. Takedown in the final seconds for Makashvili to likely steal the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Makashvili

Round 2: Much like the first, Eddiva is controlling things on the feet with his kicks. Makashvili engages, forcing the clinch and making this a grinder. He tried for a trip takedown, but Eddiva was able to remain upright. Makashvili went for a takedown, but Eddiva grabbed the fence. However, he continued forward and was able to score with it as we head under two minutes.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Eddiva

Round 3: The crowd is trying to get behind Eddiva, but he hasn’t been able to put any combinations together. Makashvili shoots for a takedown, but Eddiva is able to sprawl and defend. He transitions to a single-leg and gets it, though Eddiva is quick to pounce back up. Makashvili gains hold of him with a body-lock and just rag-dolls Eddiva to the ground. Again, though, he cannot keep him down. Still back at it and Makashvili scores another takedown and is able to gain side-control with two-plus minutes left. A lot more output for Makashvili, as he has Eddiva constantly backing up and unwilling to engage. Makashvili another late takedown and he lands several punches to finish the fight.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Makashvili

Levan Makashvili def. Mark Eddiva via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Phillipe Nover vs. Yui Chul Nam

We’ll remain in the featherweight division with our next contest, as Phillipe Nover (10-5-1) takes on Yui Chul Nam (18-4-1). Nover is making his return after a five year hiatus from the UFC, while Nam is debuting at 145 pounds.

Round 1: Just like the first main card bout, no touch of gloves. Nam is coming right out after Nover, cutting the distance. However, it’s Nover who scores with a quick takedown. Nam works to his knees and is up, but Nover clasps the hands and brings him back down to the canvas. Some minor damage is being inflicted by Nover, but nothing that will stop the fight. Nover grabs a double-leg, scoops and slams, but Nam is able to get right back up off the bounce. A lot of energy is being used by Nover through the first three minutes. Strong, not dominate round one for Nover.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nover

Round 2: Nover gets caught and dropped, as Nam starts to put a beating on him with huge shots. Nover, though, is able to almost secure a submission, but Nam gets free and unloads once more. Nover survives the onslaught and is back to his feet. A very exciting two minutes of action from these fighters. Nover telegraphs his takedown and Nam easily defends. The two are clinched against the fence, which is the best place for Nover to be. Good takedown defense, but Nover is relentless and gets it to the canvas. Nam works to his feet and drags Nover down. Nover tries for a submission, but eats several big-time shots to close out the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nam

Round 3: Nice pair of takedowns for Nam to start the round. Working the body is Nam as we head under the three-minute mark. Nover knows what he needs to do to get up, but he notices a guillotine and grabs hold of it. The crowd is trying to will him to the choke, but Nam gets free and is back on top. Nam trying for a head-and-arm choke, but Nover is defending. Nevertheless, he is in complete control and suffocating him on the ground. Great finish by Nam, as he postures up and hammers Nover to end the fight.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nam

Phillipe Nover def. Yui Chul Nam via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Check Out Predictions For UFC Fight Night 66: Edgar Vs. Faber

Over on FightLine, we have a sweet slideshow of complete fight predictions for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 66 card.

The event takes place in the morning from Manila, airing on UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1.

Frankie Edgar, a former UFC lightweight champion, meets ex-WEC titleholder Urijah Faber in the main event.

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Unbeaten Brandon Halsey tries to turn back the challenge of veteran Kendall Grove Friday night in the main event of Bellator 137.

The main card airs live on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET from Temecula, California and the Pechangar Resort and Casino.

Halsey (8-0) won the title with a quick submission of Alexander Shlemenko last year and will be making his first title defense. Grove (21-14) has fought for several promotions during his career, including the UFC.

The rest of the main card features Eduardo Dantas vs. Mike Richman, Fernando Gonzalez vs. Curtis Millender and Darrion Caldwell vs. Rafael Silva.

Below are fight-by-fight predictions for the main and prelim cards:

Brandon Halsey over Kendall Grove via first round submission to retain the Bellator middleweight championship

Eduardo Dantas over Mike Richman via first round submission

Curtis Millender over Fernando Gonzalez via decision

Darrion Caldwell over Rafael Silva via third round TKO

Ben Reiter over Benji Radach via second round TKO

Virgil Zwicker over Razak Al-Hassan via decision

Antonio Duarte over Joe Taimanglo via decision

Julio Cesar Neves, Jr. over Jordan Parsons via decision

Ricky Rainey over Jesse Juarez via second round TKO

Adrienna Jenkins over Ariene Blencowe via decision

Steve Kozola over Ian Butler via third round submission

Shawn Bunch over Rolando Perez via decision

Albert Morales over John Yoo via first round KO

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We’ll have an interesting pair of events go down this weekend on television, as Bellator 137 takes place Friday night and UFC Fight Night 66 happens early Saturday morning.

One title fight, a battle between former champions and challengers, along with several interesting contests are all scheduled.

Bellator features Brandon Halsey defending his middleweight title against veteran Kendall Grove, while the fans in Manila will witness Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber inside the Octagon.

Here’s a look at those two bouts, along with a couple of others to keep your eye on this weekend:

Brandon Halsey vs. Kendall Grove for the middleweight title/Bellator 137

This marks the first title defense for Brandon Halsey, as the former NCAA Div. I wrestler claimed the title with a 35-second submission win over Alexander Shlemenko last September. He joined Bellator after just two pro bouts and has claimed six wins – including four finishes – since.

Halsey earned his title shot with a tournament victory over Brett Cooper in the finals, which also ended in the first round and via submission. He’s scored wins over Joe Pacheco, Hector Ramirez, Joe Yager and Rocky Ramirez since.

In Kendall Grove, Halsey will be facing his most unique test. Shlemenko has had more fights, but the level of competition that Grove has faced is far better.

A former UFC fighter, the 32-year-old has been inside the cage with the likes of Derek Brunson, Mark Munoz, Tim Boetsch, Demian Maia, Evan Tanner, Patrick Cote and Jake Rosholt. He won The Ultimate Fighter and is 3-1 in his last four overall.

Eduardo Dantas vs. Mike Richman/Bellator 137

Eduardo Dantas is fighting for the first time since dropping the Bellator bantamweight crown to Joe Warren last October. He had defended it twice, but was unable to win over the judges vs. Warren.

Dantas would likely position himself right back in title contention with a win over Mike Richman, who is a former Bellator finalist. Richman has won two straight, finishing both Nam Phan and Ed West inside of three minutes.

Interestingly enough, Dantas was scheduled to defend his title against Richman in March before Richman suffered an injury and was forced out.

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