Another weekend jam-packed with exhilarating fights comes to us from Austin, Texas when the UFC hosts Fight Night 57: Edgar vs. Swanson.

UFC Fight Night 57 will take place at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday, November 22nd beginning at 10 pm here on the East Coast, 7 pm PST.

In the night’s main event, featherweights Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson will duel it out for the premier No.1 contender’s position. Bobby Green and Edson Barboza square off in the co-main event as Green looks to extend his winning streak to nine in a row.

The MMA Corner’s Josh Davis (33-16) and Garrett Derr (30-19) are here to break down some of the main card fights for you.

 

Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz

Davis: Normally I would say that this fight makes no sense, but for Benavidez, there isn’t really a fight out there that does make sense. He is not getting a title shot as long as Johnson is the champion, but Benavidez is still one of the top three guys in the division. So what do you do with Benavidez? You give him a fight like Ortiz. Benavidez should get some quality Octagon time and walk away with a relatively easy win.

Prediction: Benavidez by TKO, Round 1

Derr: Oh, what to do with Benavidez? He currently roams in no man’s land while the UFC flusters up opponents to keep him busy. The Alpha Male member should find fairly easy success this time out as every aspect of his game is superior to that of his opponent’s.

Prediction: Benavidez by KO, Round 2

 

Jared Rosholt vs. Oleksiy Oliynk

Davis: This is a great fight because styles makes fights, and in this fight we have a great wrestler against a great submissions specialist. With that said, I have learned over the years that when you have two guys with great ground games, they usually end up fighting on the feet. Because of that, I have to go with Rosholt.

Prediction: Rosholt by TKO, Round 3

Derr: This is an extremely tough draw for Rosholt, who has the tendency of taking his opponents to the ground and implementing his wrestling skills. If he does that, he’ll have to be vastly cautious to avoid Oliynk’s submission game. This guy’s no joke. Look for Rosholt to stand and exchange his way to a decision win.

Prediction: Rosholt by Decision

 

Brad Pickett vs. Chico Camus

Davis: This is a fight that I look forward to watching. Both guys will come out looking to stand and exchange. While I am a fan of Camus, I don’t think this is the fight for him. Pickett hits too hard and he is too experienced.

Prediction: Pickett by Decision

Derr: The excitement and tenacity Pickett brings to the Octagon have elevated his game to a high level. But Pickett is the gatekeeper of every division he’s been in. Camus doesn’t come anywhere close to passing the test as a contender in this one. Power-punch Pickett punches a key win to the resume.

Prediction: Pickett by KO, Round 1

 

Bobby Green vs. Edson Barboza

Davis: This could be the most exciting fight on the card and I go back and forth on who comes out on top. Green had a great victory over Josh Thompson, but Barboza is the future of the division. However, we are talking about the present which leads me down the path to Green. Barboza has struggled on the big stage before and I fear he will do so again.

Prediction: Green by Decision

Derr: I was that guy who said Green didn’t stand an ice cube’s chance in Hades against Josh Thompson. I was wrong and you know what? I’m betting against Green again. Barboza has yet to tap into his full potential that is nearly limitless. If he can improve his striking defense, Barboza will be nearly unstoppable moving forward in the UFC’s lightweight division.

Prediction: Barboza by Submission, Round 2

 

Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson

Davis: Any time Edgar fights you know it will be exciting, but with Swanson as his opponent, I expect this to be one for the ages. Ultimately, though, I think Edgar is just on another level. I believe Swanson’s best days are behind him and I think Edgar will be able to control this fight on the feet and in the event it goes to the ground, Edgar is well prepared. Look for “The Answer” to be the answer.

Prediction: Edgar by TKO, Round 4

Derr: Edgar doesn’t drop a contest unless it’s a controversial decision in a title fight. His will to remain relevant can’t be taught and his never-quit mindset is nearly unheard of. Swanson will bring a variety of weapons to the table on Saturday night, including powerful striking combined with astounding jiu-jitsu. I expect this war to reach the judge’s scorecards complimented by five rounds we’ll never forget. In the end, it’s Edgar’s heart that prevails.

Prediction: Edgar by Decision

 

 

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