Middleweight contender Mousasi adds spice to stacked UFC Manila card

MANILA, Philippines In two days, fight fans will get a heavy dose of mixed martial arts action from UFC stars Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber.


The inception of fast-rising Gegard Mousasi should make it more action-packed.


“I’m here to entertain fans and give them a good show,” said Mousasi, who faces off with Costas Philippou in a middleweight bout that should push the winner closer to getting a title clash, in yesterday’s press briefing at the Solaire.


Mousasi, an Armenian, is on the heels of inching closer to a potential title crack against division title holder Chris Weidman after he beat Dan Henderson by technical knockout (punches) to improve to 36-5-2 (win-loss-draw).


The problem with Mousasi is that he can’t string together win streaks, winning huge fights but wasting by losing the next.


Just a few months after leaving Strikeforce, Mousasi, known as “The Dreamcatcher,” defeated Illir Latifi but lost to Lyoto “Dragon” Machida.


He won over Fil-Am Mark Munoz but lost to Ronaldo Souza in the next.


Now after the Henderson win, Mousasi would need a win to get that championship chance.


“I’m still far from it, maybe I need two or three more fights to get that chance,” he said.


UFC will hold its first fight card in the Philippines dubbed “UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs Faber” on Saturday at the MOA Arena in Pasay City with Edgar and Faber headlining it in a five0-round, non-titled bout.


Munoz (13-6), called “The Filipino Wrecking Machine,” clashes with Englishman Luke “The Bigslow” Barnatt (8-2) in a middleweight bout that the California-based fighter announced will be his final fight before he retires.


Filipino Mark Eddiva is also fighting and will clash with Georgian Levan Makashvili while Fil-Am Philippe Nover faces off with South Korean Yui Chul Nam.


The other Phl bet fighting, Roldan Sangcha-an, squares off with Guamanian Jon delos Reyes.