UFC Fight Night 66
The UFC has just set of new explosion of MMA fever across Australia’s sporting capital of Adelaide with a card that featured 10 stoppages and only 2 decisions and its on the move again this week as it heads over to another new territory…..The Philippines. UFC Fight Night 66 will mark another piece of UFC history and brings with it a card packed with highly anticipated fights.
Headlining the bill are 2 of MMA’s most loved fighters in Frankie “the Answer” Edgar and Uriah “The California Kid” Faber. The former rose to prominence during his quest for the UFC light weight title which included him beating pound for pound great BJ Penn twice to secure the belt and then 2 incredible fights with Grey Maynard in which he defied the odds in both fights to firstly draw their first bout and stop “the Bully” via KO in their second scrap. In both his fights against Maynard, Edgar was badly rocked in both first rounds but rallied and showed an incredible warrior spirit that cemented his status with the fans forever.
Uriah was a title holder during the WEC days after beating Mike Brown and has been pretty consistent since the WEC and UFC merged only losing to Renan Barao, Dominik Cruz and Jose Aldo….all either current or former champions. Having gone 6-1 in his last 7 outings there is no doubt that Uriah still possesses the tools and ability to take on anyone in the division. This fight between the two already legends of the sport will propel the winner straight into title contention and promises to be a fight of absolute attrition. It has all the ingredients to be one of the best fights on 2015 and potentially UFC history. Based on the main event alone UFC Fight Night 66 is not one to be missed.
The main card also features a fight between Gegard Mousassi and Costas Philippou. Both have has mixed fortune in their last few outings trading wins and losses but meet on Saturday night on the back wins that both would love to turn into a streak. Whoever loses on Saturday will certainly drop quite considerably on the contention ladder so it makes it a high stakes fight
Another big story of this maiden card is the resignation of “The Philippino wrecking machine” Mark Munoz after he tangles one last time against England’s Luke Barnett. Munoz appeared recently on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and confirmed his retirement having sold his MMA gym, Reign training centre. He plans to return to his roots and teach wrestling after growing concerned that MMA is too detrimental to his physical and mental wellbeing at this stage of his life. Win or lose on Saturday night it will be a bitter sweet moment for UFC fans as another legend of the sport steps away. It represents a tough test for Luke Barnett and win or lose he will gain a lot of recognition for just being part of the fight. He is certainly a budding talent in the UFC’s middle weight division and his height and length give him distinctive advantages over most others on the division.
UFC Fight Night 66 is littered with budding talent from the far east including fighters from Korea, China, and the Philippines as well as others from the USA, Brazil and the UK. Although it marks the first event in the small pacific island it most likely won’t be the last as its known for its fighting culture and boasts one the greatest boxers of from this generation in Manny pacquio who recently fought and lost in the biggest fight in boxing history.
UFC Fight Night 66
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