New Jersey’s favorite son is coming home! Frankie Edgar will fight in his home state for the first time since 2006 when he beat Jim Miller by decision. His opponent for this fight will be a rematch against perennial top contender Cub Swanson.
Both men are coming off of losses to Brian Ortega, Frankie being the most recent to lose to Ortega by first round KO at UFC 222. Swanson, on the other hand, lost to Ortega by second round submission at UFC Fight Night in Fresno. This rematch is an odd booking, being that Frankie had thoroughly dismantled Cub Swanson in 2014, when the two originally fought.
The first fight at the time was a huge moment for the UFC’s featherweight division. Frankie Edgar was the former UFC lightweight champion looking to make a bigger name for himself at a new weight, while Cub Swanson was riding a six fight win streak and gearing up for a title shot in the near future.
From the beginning, Frankie Edgar was in control of the fight, dominating Cub Swanson on the ground with superior wrestling and ground-and-pound. With every passing second you could see Swanson breaking mentally and physically. Frankie never let up, landing punch after punch, eventually breaking Cub Swanson’s jaw. With a mere 4 seconds left in the fight, Edgar locked on a neck crank. Due to the pressure applied to the broken jaw of Cub, he was forced to tap out.
Since that meeting both men have a record of 4-2. Cub’s wins coming all by decision, while being finished in both losses. Frankie Edgar has complied two wins by TKO/KO and two by decision. He lost a decision and had the most recent KO loss, which was the first time he had been finished in his career.
In my opinion, this fight is going to be a repeat of the first fight, Cub Swanson has no answer for the superior ground game of Frankie. Even though Swanson is a BJJ black belt, Frankie is also and has the tools to avoid any trouble Cub brings on the mat. Their first fight was a five round fight, and this fight will only be a three rounder. To me, that just means Frankie will get to work more quickly. I see Frankie Edgar imploring the same strategy, only this time continues the ground-and-pound for a third round TKO win.
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