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John Makdessi knows he’s the underdog when he steps inside the Octagon this Saturday night vs. Donald Cerrone at UFC 187.

But for Makdessi, the fight presents all that he has worked for.

The 30-year-old has won four of his last five, including a recent first round finish over Shane Campbell to improve to 13-3. He’s topped Sam Stout, Daron Cruickshank and Renee Forte during his recent run, losing only via decision to Alan Patrick.

Makdessi will be stepping in for the injured Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Cerrone, who is possibly fighting to become the next contender to the lightweight title.

“This is like a dream come true,” Makdessi told Submission Radio during a recent interview. “I feel like I’m dreaming to be honest with you. I’ve been dreaming about this all my life to be on a big card, to be a part of a big event. This is what I’ve been working all my life for. I’m excited, I’m staying calm and focus on the task at hand.”

Despite taking the fight on short notice after besting Campbell late in April, Makdessi believes the timing of it all is perfect.

“I just finished off training camp, I’m already in top shape and I have a couple of days to rest my body,” he said. “I’m the type of fighter, I train all year long. I don’t believe in training camps so I’m consistently training.

“It’s actually the best thing that happened to me because that mentally keeps me sharp and gets me back to the grind and (to) stay focused and just keep doing what I do.”

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The UFC returns to North America this weekend with UFC 187 from Las Vegas.

Set for Saturday and the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the card boasts two title fights.

In the main event, Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier collide for the vacant light heavyweight title, while Chris Weidman defends his middleweight belt vs. Vitor Belfort in the co-main event.

Also, Donald Cerrone squares off with John Makdessi, Travis Browne and Andrei Arlovski lock horns and Joseph Benavidez faces John Moraga.

The action starts on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET, with more prelims set for FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET. The pay-per-view main card begins at 10 p.m. ET. FightLine will have complete coverage of all the action.

Below is the current lineup and an extended video preview for the card:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

Vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson

UFC Middleweight Championship
Chris Weidman (c) vs. Vitor Belfort

Lightweight: Donald Cerrone vs. John Makdessi

Heavyweight: Travis Browne vs. Andrei Arlovski

Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez vs. John Moraga

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET))

Flyweight: John Dodson vs. Zach Makovsky

Welterweight: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Josh Burkman

Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs. Rafael Natal

Female Strawweight: Rose Namajunas vs. Nina Ansaroff

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Colby Covington vs. Mike Pyle

Lightweight: Islam Makhachev vs. Leo Kuntz

Flyweight: Justin Scoggins vs. Josh Sampo

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ONE Championship returns this Friday with a lightweight championship match from Singapore and the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The online pay-per-view event features Shinya Aoki defending his 155-pound title vs. Koji Ando, while Roy Doliguez and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke square off for the first-ever men’s strawweight title.

Other planned bouts include Kuat Khamitov vs. Lowen Tynanes, Rob Lisita vs. Timofey Nastyukhin and Eddie Ng vs. Ariel Sexton. Also, Marat Gafurov and Ev Ting meet in a No. 1 contender match for the ONE featherweight title.

The first four planned fights will stream live on ONE’s Facebook page beginning at 7 a.m. ET, while the main card starts at 9 a.m. ET.

Below is the current lineup:

MAIN CARD (iPPV/9 a.m. ET)

ONE Lightweight Championship
Shinya Aoki (c) vs. Koji Ando

Inaugural ONE Strawweight Championship
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke vs. Roy Doliguez

Featherweight: Marat Gafurov vs. Ev Ting

Lightweight: Kuat Khamitov vs. Lowen Tynanes

Featherweight: Rob Lisita vs. Timofey Nastyukhin

Lightweight: Eddie Ng vs. Ariel Sexton

Bantamweight: Stephen Langdown vs. A La Teng Hei Li

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook/7 a.m. ET)

Featherweight: Shannon Wiratchai vs. Amir Khan

Featherweight: Benedict Ang vs. Waqar Umar

Women’s Strawweight: Angela Lee vs. Aya Saeid Saber

Flyweight: Ali Yaakub vs. Yang Jian Bing


urijah faber

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


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)

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