Edgar confirms status as title contender

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The American was victorious in Manila on Saturday after beating Urijah Faber in a with a 50-45 unanimous decision victory.

As the score suggests, the fight was an evenly contested one for the most part, but Edgar’s superior take-down skills ultimately proved too much for Faber to handle.

"I won (five rounds to none), but Urijah is tough as hell, man," Edgar said after the fight.

"He's the guy I looked up to when I got in. He's a legend of the sport."

Edgar is currently ranked second in the featherweight division, but third-ranked Irish superstar Conor McGregor is in line to get a title shot before the veteran, perhaps because Edgar also lost to current champion Jose Aldo.

In all likelihood, the winner between Aldo and McGregor at UFC 189 in two months’ time will take on either Edgar or Chad Mendes.

Whilst a number one contender’s fight between Edgar and Mendes seems to make sense, Edgar believes he deserves an outright title shot.

"I want that title," Edgar said.

"Dana's not here again. I don't know if Dana's ducking me because he owes me a title shot."

Elsewhere in Manila on Saturday, Mark Munoz beat Luke Barnatt by unanimous decision to win his final fight in UFC.

"From the day when I was a kid watching cartoons and remember watching superheroes, I get to re-enact that every time I step into the cage," Munoz said after the fight.
 
"I tried to be a role model to kids today, and guys, thank you very much for the trust and support in me.
 
"I know I didn't accomplish what I wanted to accomplish in the cage.

"But I've been able to change lives and impact lives in a positive way, and guys, that's what I'm here for.

"You might get hit by unforeseen things, you might get cancer or diabetes, but your life doesn't stop there. You get back up and you keep competing to the best of your ability."

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