UFC Manila fight week events announced, Demetrious Johnson and Overeem appearances


UFC Manila
UFC Manila

UFC Fight Night Manila on Fox Sports 1 will take place on May 16, 2015 at the MOA Arena as the promotion’s debut in the Philippines.

A superfight is set as Urijah Faber will meet Frankie Edgar in the main event. Filipinos Mark Eddiva, Roldan Sangcha-an, John delos Reyes, Philippe Nover and Mark Munoz will all fight on home turf in the UFC’s first event in the country.

Asian fighters will be featured heavily. Koreans on the card will be Lim Hyun-Gyu, Nam Yui-Chul, and Bang Tae-Hyun. The Chinese contingent includes TUF China winners Zhang Lipeng and Ning Guangyou plus Li Jingliang and Yao Zhikui Guam’s standout Jon Tuck and Singaporean Royston Wee also appear.

UFC Manila fight week events will have special guests reigning Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson, Miesha Tate, Bryan Caraway and Alistair Overeem. Fans will have several chances to mob meet and greet these fighters and those from the event.

Press release:


Mall of Asia Arena

The UFC® comes to the Philippines for the very first time in Manila on Saturday, the 16th May at the Mall of Asia Arena. This inaugural event will be headlined by two former champions, as the featherweight division’s No. 1 contender Frankie Edgar comes head to head with Urijah Faber, who makes a long awaited return to 145 lbs. in a five-round battle sure to thrill the Filipino fans.

The fight card is comprised of 12 explosive bouts featuring UFC Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters from around the world including America, England, Belgium, South Korea, Guam, China, Singapore and homegrown talent from the Philippines, featherweight Mark Eddiva (6-1-0) and flyweight Roldan Sangcha-an. This event will also mark UFC middleweight Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz’s (13-6-0) last professional fight as he brings his well-honed skills to the Octagon® on May 16thagainst British up and comer Luke Barnatt (8-2-0).

Special guest fighters UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson “Mighty Mouse” (21-2-1), no. 2 ranked UFC bantamweight Miesha Tate “Cupcake” (16-5-0), UFC bantamweight Bryan Caraway “Kid Lightning” (19-8-0) and UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem “The Reem” (39-14-0) will be flying in this week to show their support of the event and will also meet fans at a number of activities throughout Fight Week, including:

Open Workouts – Wednesday May 13th, 6pm at the Music Hall of the SM Mall of Asia

Ultimate Media Day – Thursday 14th May, 11.30am, some lucky fans will have the opportunity to attend this media event and will see the main card fighters speak to media and square off, details on how fans can secure their place are shared on the UFC Facebook Asia page

Official UFC® Fight Night Manila Weigh-In, Friday 15th May 4:30pm at the Mall of Asia Arena

UFC® Fight Night Manila: Edgar vs. Faber, Saturday 16th May doors open at 4:30pm, Mall of Asia Arena

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® MANILA: EDGAR VS. FABER are priced at Php 13,250 (VIP), Php10,600 (Patron), Php7,950 (Lower Box A), Php5,830 (Lower Box B), Php3,710 (Upper Box), and Php1,590 (General Admission) plus applicable service charges.

Tickets are available in Mall of Asia Arena Box Office, SM Tickets outlets in all SM Cinema branches nationwide, select The SM Store branches, and online thru www.smtickets.com. For more information, call the Customer Care hotline at +63 (02) 470 2222.