Frankie Edgar vs Urijah Faber
Super fight? Maybe, maybe not. When the UFC integrated the WEC into the fold and Frankie Edgar made his improbable run to the lightweight title where a string of defenses, draws, and rematches kept him in the spotlight for some time, I think it was easy for many fans to wonder about this match. Frankie, always seemingly capable of fighting at smaller weight classes, and Urijah, was unquestionably the biggest star at the time for the lighter fighters in the game. We finally get this match up albeit a little late in terms of current relevancy. It should still be a worthy contest though as Frankie in his last couple of fights has shown a further evolution of his game that few show at this stage of their career while Urijah is the perennial championship belt gatekeeper. That said, what is Frankie Edgar if not just a better version of Urijah Faber. Frankie may not have the submission finishing rate that Faber has, but he has excellent speed, boxing, grappling, most recently shown ground and pound, and absolute heart and determination. Frankie's experience fighting in larger divisions coupled with my MMA math analysis of Frankie giving better performances against common opponents leaves me with little thought as to Faber's path to victory here. Frankie by TKO stoppage 4th round.
Gegard "He's not chasing his dreams, he's catching them" Mousasi vs Costas Philippou
I think pretty much all of us here at It's MMAzing would like to see Gegard seriously enter into the title picture. He just hasn't been able to put it all together yet against a top 5 opponent even though all the skills needed are there. So for the time being Gegard sits at that 6 spot waiting for another crack at the 5 while decimating, wrecking, grown man-ing, and since its apparently ok to say in a pg-13 WWE era, curb-stomping the competition behind him in the rankings. Philippou on the other hand, appears to have been nothing more than fool's gold with each successive fight. Probably not so shocking if you take into account his biggest win against Tim Boetsch was the result of two severe fouls that altered the course of the fight. Gegard by dream catching 1st round.
Luke Barnatt vs Mark Munoz
Mark, I want to believe. I really do. You are a really cool dude, a tremendous coach, and when you put it all together, you had some really memorable performances. But look, you haven't landed a punch in 3 fights. You already stated this is your last fight. So go out there, and show something for our ancestral home. Standing in his way will be Luke Barnatt. Not really a world beater, and seemingly lacking in the progress I thought he'd make by now, Barnatt is your classic back end guy capable of a good performance now and then but not expected to rise that high. Incredibly likable though. Go get em Big Slow. Barnatt by some form of knee to the face on a shooting Munoz.
Barnatt: Jesse the Body, Kid P, Gooms
Munoz: Dr Law, DJ Mark
Hyun Gyu Lim vs Neil Magny
Lim: DJ Mark, Kid P
Magny: Uncle Jesse, Dr Law, Gooms
Yui Chul Nam vs Phillipe Nover
Our wonderful guest Jesse said it well here, this is the portion of the card where we make the locals happy. Phillipe "The Next Anderson Silva" Nover makes his long awaited (probably by his friends and family right?) return to the UFC. If I can paraphrase King Mo for a moment, "I see you TUF: China, I see you... ya'll trash." Nover by submission... or tko, does anyone remember what he does?
Mark Eddiva vs Levan Makashvili
Eddiva gets the main card kicked off with a Filipino fighter and local fan favorite. Makashvili steps in on short notice for the biggest fight of his career. I don't have a lot on either of these guys, as they are both relatively young in their fight careers, but with identical 6-1 records, only one gets to take a step forward with that shiny "prospect" title accompanying their name. I'll roll with home town hero over short notice sensation. Eddiva by submission round 2.
Eddiva: The Biggest Little Brother, Kid P, DJ Mark
Makashivili: Gooms, Dr Law