Frankie Edgar Submits Cub Swanson in Fifth Round of Fight

Published on November 23rd, 2014 5:09 am EST

Cub Swanson's dreams of a Featherweight title shot were rudely put on hold by former Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar on Saturday evening.

Edgar and Swanson squared off in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Austin earlier this weekend, with Edgar winning via submission in the fifth round. Edgar appeared to be cruising towards an unanimous decision victory but elected to keep the pressure on at the end of the fight, eventually beating Swanson via submission. It's easy to see what Edgar was thinking - if he put Swanson away, this would likely draw him closer to a Featherweight title shot.

Cub Swanson had been promised a shot at Jose Aldo with a win over Edgar on Saturday night but it was not meant to be. Swanson's loss both clears and muddles the Featherweight title picture at the same time.

There are two fighters that have an argument to receive the next shot at Jose Aldo - Conor McGregor and Frankie Edgar.

Conor McGregor is set to fight against Dennis Siver in January. With Cub Swanson now out of the title picture, I would expect that the UFC would give McGregor the next shot at Jose Aldo if he beats Siver in January.

If McGregor slips or looks terrible against Siver, I would expect the UFC to give Edgar another shot at Aldo. Edgar has already lost to Aldo, and that certainly works against him, though their first battle was a thoroughly entertaining one.

There is, of course, the chance that Aldo could go down with an injury while training (it has happened numerous times before). If that happens, don't be shocked to see a battle between Edgar and McGregor for the #1 contender position in the Featherweight division.

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Sure, Swanson was tossed from the title picture with his loss tonight, though Edgar was so dominant that the UFC would be able to easily make the case to give him another shot at the title, should McGregor underwhelm in his next fight.

One thing is for sure - there are plenty of options for the Featherweight division going forward.


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