Manila, Philippines - Former WEC featherweight champion and current UFC bantamweight contender, Uriah Faber, was in town for his first ever trip to the Philippines to promote goodwill amongst the rabid MMA fan base in the nation archipelago.
Tag Team Sports Management, the same group of mma junkies that brought Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in the Philippines months ago, brought "The California Kid" this time around from March 27 to the 31st to hold a few camps and appearances. dSourceBoxing.com got an exclusive interview in one of tour stops to ask Faber about his experience.
"I was surprised how huge UFC and MMA is in the Philippines," Faber told dSourceBoxing when asked about his first impression about the country. "What's more surprising is people know me over here. I was humbled by this experience," Faber added.
What stood out for the 34-year-old heavy hitter? "Very nice people, great food and horrible traffic!!!"
Faber also shared his thoughts on the upcoming April 12 bout in Las Vegas between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley in their highly anticipated rematch. "No doubt! Pac-Man by decisive decision!" said Faber, who intends to be back in the octagon in July after suffering a devastating TKO loss to Renan Barao last month in their own rematch.
Jojo Perlas, one of the executives of TTSM said they are planning another event similar to Faber's and that Chael Sonnen is very much interested in visiting the country. "The real purpose of being here is to share my knowledge and help aspiring Filipino MMA fighters in the best of my ability," Faber said in closing.
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