Gegard Mousasi is still in search of back-to-back Octagon victories. | Photo: Anton Gurevich/Sherdog.com
Gegard Mousasi and Costas Philippou will meet in a middleweight matchup when the Ultimate Fighting Championship touches down in the Philippines this spring.
Promotion officials Monday announced the addition of the 185-pound bout to UFC Fight Night “Edgar vs. Faber,” which takes place May 16 at Mall of Asia Arena in the Metro Manila city of Pasay. Also added to the bill was a welterweight tilt pitting the streaking Neil Magny against South Korea’s Hyun Gyu Lim.
Mousasi has alternated wins and losses in his five Octagon appearances since joining the UFC two years ago. After being submitted by Ronaldo Souza in a high-stakes September duel, the 29-year-old “Dreamcatcher” rebounded on Jan. 24 by punching out Dan Henderson in just 70 seconds.
Philippou, 35, last saw action in May 2014, when he snapped a two-fight losing skid by with a first-round knockout of Lorenz Larkin. The former pro boxer was slated to return against Uriah Hall in January but was forced to withdraw from the bout after suffering a rib injury.
Owner of the longest current winning streak in the UFC welterweight division, Magny will be gunning for his seventh consecutive victory. The Illinois native’s current run includes wins over Tim Means, William Macario and, most recently, Kiichi Kunimoto, whom Magny submitted on Feb. 14.
Lim has compiled a 3-1 Octagon record in his two years with the promotion, with all three of those wins coming by way of knockout. “The Ace” made quick work of Takenori Sato last September, elbowing the former King of Pancrase unconscious in just 78 seconds.