After Max Holloway took out Jose Aldo last weekend to become the undisputed 145 champ, it didn’t take Cub Swanson long to begin calling for a title shot. But, not surprisingly, Frankie Edgar has a very different take on the situation.
Swanson has argued that he should be next for Holloway, since he’s won four in a row and has never fought for the title. Further, Swanson has said that since his first bout with Holloway was so entertaining, they should run it back. Holloway won their 2015 bout via third round submission.
Well, Edgar appeared on the latest “MMA Hour” this week. When asked for this thoughts on Swanson’s contention, the former lightweight champ had this to say (quote via MMA Fighting):
“There is no one else,” Edgar said.“C’mon. There’s no one that makes sense more than me, no one that’s done what I’ve done to get it.”
“I don’t see how he’s in consideration, you know?” Edgar asked. “Since me and Cub fought, I’ve fought nothing but top-10, top-five guys. I don’t think he’s fought anyone in the top 10 and he’s also lost a match since then. So I don’t think how that’s even, you can’t even compare the two.”
Now, there’s no denying that Holloway – Swanson II would likely make for an outstanding fight, and that it would be nice to see the vet get a title shot. While it’s true that Edgar fought for the interim belt last summer, and lost to Aldo, he’s coming off a sensational win over Yair Rodriguez, and has beaten more top contenders recently, as he noted.
Plus, the possibility of Edgar becoming a two division champ is a storyline the UFC can run with, so it would be pretty surprising if the promotion went with Swanson.