Frankie Edgar may not have gone out and bombed out Cub Swanson in the first round, but he did record the ‘decisive win’ he talked about heading into UFC Fight Night 57.
Not only did Edgar take Swanson to the canvas repeatedly throughout the memorable fight, but he punished the featherweight big time with ground-and-pound strikes. By the later rounds, it was already, violently evident that Edgar was recording one of his most impressive fights to date, but then he went and finished the deal with a last second, neck crank.
Of course, everyone knows that heading into last night’s card, most of the talk was about Swanson’s promised title shot, and what the UFC would do provided he and Conor McGregor won their next fights. Now, Swanson’s no longer factors into that discussion any longer, but Edgar believes he’s done enough to enter it.
Speaking to FOX Sport 1 after the one sided win, Edgar had this to say about what he hopes comes next (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“This had a little more implications just because that title shot’s looming, and certain people were promised it,” Edgar said. “I just beat the guy who was promised it, so I’m hoping I take that spot.
“Based on what Cub has done in his past six or seven fights, the tear he’s been on, and being able to go out there and finish him — I would’ve loved to have done it a little quicker — but I think I’ve done enough. Based on everything else I’ve done in my career, I think I’m that guy.”
It’s hard to argue with Edgar on this, but the one issue that’s hurting him in this respect, is that he was decisioned by the champ Jose Aldo last February. Sure, one can argue all day whether McGregor has done enough to warrant a title shot, and in particular, whether he’s been tested by a top tier wrestler (like Edgar), but he has a ton of hype behind him right now and he hasn’t fought Aldo…
So, chances are that if McGregor goes out and takes out Dennis Siver in highlight reel fashion on January 18th, he’ll be the next guy to face Aldo. If he struggles, or loses obviously, well, Edgar could get his rematch.
Really, it’s too bad we can’t see Edgar-McGregor in the coming months. Now that’s a fight that would ‘answer’ a ton of questions…