It's finally happening, Pinoy MMA fans!
Tomorrow evening, the Mall of Asia Arena will become a stage for top-tier mixed martial arts action as the Universal Fighting Championship or UFC makes its debut on the Philippines with the UFC Fight Night Manila. You know what that means: a heaping serving of (sanctioned) physicality, beautiful ring girls, and other sights that will have MMA enthusiasts drooling like wild dogs!
Stoked? You better be! But before you make it your Saturday gimik and troop to the venue, how about a little serving first of the things you must know about the epic fight fest?
WHY IS UFC FIGHT NIGHT MANILA SUCH A BIG DEAL?
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This is the first time the UFC is bringing the octagon here in the Philippines, marking a milestone in the history of local mixed martial arts. Plus, we all know that it's the home of the world's best MMA fighters so we're pretty sure we'll be getting much more than our money's worth when it comes to hard-hitting action.
HOW MANY MATCHES ARE THERE?
There will be a total of 12 matches which means you won't feel short-changed in terms of the amount of punches, kicks, elbows, and grappling you'll see. Click here for the full fight list.
WILL WE SEE PINOYS BATTLING IT OUT?
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Of course! A total of four Pinoys headlined by Mark "The Filipino Wrecking Machine" Munoz will see action (the other three are Fil-am Philipe Nover, Mark Eddiva, and Roldan Sangcha-an). Munoz will be battling Luke "The Bigslow" Barnatt in a middleweight bout. If you're a Munoz fan, you better not miss it because this will be his final fight. Go out with a bang, bro!
AND THE MAIN EVENT?
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As you saw in the poster, the main event features Frankie "The Answer" Edgar and fellow American Urijah "The California Kid" Faber in a five-round featherweight bout. Edgar is currently the UFC lightweight champion and No.1-ranked featherweight fighter with an octagon record of 17(wins)-4(losses)-1(draw). Faber's resume isn't too shabby either, recording 32 wins, seven losses, and no draws. Looks like an explosive matchup, no?
WHO ARE THE RING GIRLS WHO WILL SPICE UP THE ACTION?
Two names: Arianny Celeste and Red dela Cruz. For those who don't know the former, she's a Fil-am hottie who has won a record five Ring Girl of the Year awards. Meanwhile. FHM favorite Red dela Cruz became the grand winner of the Octagon Girl Search. The two should provide the needed eye-candy if ever you get tired of all the sweat, blood, and bulging biceps on the octagon.
WHERE CAN WE BUY TICKETS?
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Tickets to UFC Fight Night Manila are now available via the Mall of Asia Arena Box Office, SM Tickets outlets in all SM Cinema branches nationwide. If you want to purchase online, you can visit smtickets.com.
AND THE TICKET PRICES?
Being a milestone for the development of MMA in the country, this event will by no means be cheap. Ticket prices start at P1,590 (General Admission) and tops at P13,250 (VIP). Don't worry though because it will be worth every penny! Check out the chart above for the full price list.
SCHEDULE AND VENUE
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Fortunately, the event will take place in the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. For those coming from the north, you can all take EDSA all the way to Baclaran and Pasay. Those in the south can take the Roxas Boulevard route to the venue. As for the schedule, gates will open at 4:30 p.m. However, the exact times of the different bouts will depend on how long each match takes although you can expect the fireworks to start coming off at around 7 p.m.
WHERE CAN I WATCH IT?
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Nothing beats watching it all go down live but just in case you won't be able to, ABS-CBN's Balls channel and Fox Sports 1 will televise the proceedings.