It would be easy to assume that the UFC is lining up Conor McGregor as the next challenger to Jose Aldo’s throne in the featherweight division, but that might not be the case come Saturday night when the UFC heads to Austin, Texas.

Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar takes on Cub Swanson with title aspirations on the line and lightweights Bobby Green and Edson Barboza meet in what could be Green’s last fight inside the cage.

The exciting card from the Lone Star State doesn’t stop there. The night includes a couple of intriguing flyweight bouts, some heavyweights put winning streaks on the line, and Matt Wiman returns after a long absence against Isaac Vallie-Flagg for a potential fight of the night candidate.

We will predict the entirety of the card, with in-depth predictions for the three last fights on the night.

Brad Pickett vs. Chico Camus

Chico Camus is making his flyweight debut and it won’t be an easy task against the veteran Brad Pickett. Besides Dominick Cruz, Pickett is the only other fighter to score a win over flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson back in the WEC. Since then, Pickett has yet to string together more than two consecutive wins and it’s been nearly two years since he last knocked his opponent out.

Camus is dropping down to 125 after dropping a decision to Chris Holdsworth at bantamweight. His last win over Yaotzin Meza was overturned due to Camus testing positive for marijuana and he hasn’t finished an opponent since 2011.

Needless to say, both fighters will be desperate for a win this weekend, which makes this fight that much harder to predict because a desperate fighter is a dangerous fighter. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Pickett remind us why his nickname is “One Punch” on Saturday night.

Prediction: Brad Pickett def. Chico Camus by KO

Bobby Green vs. Edson Barboza

Earlier this week, Bobby Green apparently posted on his Facebook page hinting at his retirement following his bout with Barboza, “Think this might be my last fight (.) Thinking about retirement (.) #tired”

Green has won eight fights in a row and is trying to make Barboza is ninth, so why would a 28-year-old fighter on a eight-fight winning streak in the prime of his life want to call it a career? Only Green knows that, but I typically believe a fighter who brings up the word “retirement” as an option already has mentally done so.

In the summer, Barboza blitzed through Evan Dunham. That victory doesn’t really carry the same weight that it might have a couple of years ago, but Dunham is tough nonetheless. Barboza is as dynamic of a striker as they come and has knockout power to go along with superb technique.

Prediction: Edson Barboza def. Bobby Green by TKO

Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson

Almost nobody has been on a more impressive run in the UFC than Cub Swanson. Since losing to Ricardo Lamas in 2011, Swanson has strung together six consecutive wins including four by (T)KO. He looks almost like a completely different fighter and you can assume he wants another shot at Jose Aldo. His first encounter with the featherweight champion occurred back at WEC 41 in 2009 and ended in eight seconds, thanks to a double flying knee by Aldo.

After being dethroned as the lightweight champion by Benson Henderson, Frankie Edgar lost to Jose Aldo by decision. Although he earned Fight of the Night honors for the loss, it obviously wasn’t the result desired by the New Jersey native. He followed up the defeat with two wins against Charles Oliveiria and B.J. Penn. Dana White loves Edgar and it would not surprise me if he moved Frankie back into the title mix with a win over Swanson, but I don’t see that happening.

Prediction: Cub Swanson def. Frankie Edgar by decision

Full Predictions

Jared Rosholt def. Oleksiy Oliynk by decision

Joseph Benavidez def. Dustin Ortiz by TKO

Matt Wiman def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg by decision

Josh Copeland def. Ruslan Magomedov by KO

Luke Barnatt def. Roger Narvaez by decision

James Vick def. Nick Hein by decision

Yves Edwards def. Akbarh Arreola by TKO

Kailin Curran def. Paige VanZant by submission

Doo Ho Choi def. Juan Manuel Puig by KO

About The Author

Blane Ferguson
Associate Editor/Senior Staff Writer

Blane can trace his MMA roots, like many others, to the finale of the first Ultimate Fighter season between Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin. After watching that incredible fight and cleaning the local Blockbuster of any recorded UFC pay-per-views they had, Blane was hooked on watching the sport and he carried that passion with him to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Blane is a four-year broadcasting veteran of ASU's campus radio including a founder and co-host of the station's combat sports show, The Final Round.