On Saturday, November 22nd the UFC held UFC Fight Night 57: Edgar vs. Swanson from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

In the night’s main event, two featherweight contenders clashed with the hopes of earning a title shot when Frankie Edgar stepped in the cage with Cub Swanson. This was definitely the big fight that Swanson had been asking for over the past year. Coming into the bout Swanson was on a six-fight win streak, with four of those wins coming by stoppage. Most recently, he appeared in his first main event fight where he won a hard fought decision against Jeremy Stephens. Edgar was looking to get his third straight win at featherweight since losing his divisional debut to the champion, Jose Aldo. Most recently, Edgar defeated BJ Penn for the third time; stopping him due to strikes in the third round.

In the night’s co-main event we saw an intriguing matchup of lightweight contenders when Bobby Green faced Edson Barboza. Green came in riding an eight-fight winning streak with four in the UFC and four in Strikeforce. Green got the biggest win of his career his last time out when he beat Josh Thomson in a close decision victory on enemy territory. Barboza was very close to a title shot earlier this year before he got caught and submitted by Donald Cerrone. Since then, Barboza rebounded by finishing Evan Dunham in the first round.

The rest of the main card was littered with big names like Brad Pickett and Joseph Benavidez. A returning Matt Wiman opened up the main card against Isaac Vallie-Flagg. The six fight main card kicked off at 10 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. Four preliminary bouts preceded that action on Fox Sports 1 as well at 8 p.m. ET. The first two fights on the main card were streamed on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET.

Full results and recap of all of the night’s action is below.

Main Card Summary

In the opening bout of the main card Matt Wiman made a triumphant return to the Octagon after being sidelined with injury for nearly two years. Wiman was able to shake off the cage rust and out point a game Isaac Vallie-Flagg is a back and forth bout that saw both men really work the clinch. Wiman won in large part because of his takedown defense and his ability to take the back of his opponent.

In the second bout of the main card Team Alpha Male’s Joseph Benavidez showed he is still one of the best flyweights in the world as he simply overwhelmed Dustin Ortiz. Ortiz proved he was game taking everything Benavidez had to offer but he could never get any offense going.

In the third fight of the main card heavyweights Oleksiy Oliynyk and Jared Rosholt took the Octagon by storm. The bout only lasted one round but man what a round it was. Rosholt took control early with some big shots and strong clinch work but then Oliynyk unloaded the boom; landing a brutal left hook that spun Rosholt around and down to the ground.

In the fourth bout of the main card Chico Camus and Brad Pickett continued to show why the UFC flyweight division is home to some of the best fights fans could hope for. Camus and Pickett went back and forth for all three rounds with Camus edging Pickett on two of the judges score cards. It was a close well fought bout but Camus really showed the world flyweight is where he needs to be.

In the co-main event of the evening electrifying lightweights Edson Barboza and Bobby Green took the Octagon to make a statement to the rest of the UFC lightweight division. While this looked like a close fight on paper Barboza decisively won the unanimous decision with great footwork and movement. Barboza was able to keep the distance and create great angles while Green did more talking than striking.

In the main event of the evening Cub Swanson stepped into the Octagon looking to stamp his ticket to title town but Frankie Edgar had other plans. Edgar took Swanson to the mat early and often and dominated the surging fighter. Edgar was relentless with his attack and he didn’t quit late in the fifth even though he had the fight won. Edgar kept pushing the stoppage sinking in a rear naked choke with just four seconds left.

Preliminary Card Summary

FULL RESULTS
Frankie Edgar def. Cub Swanson by Submission (rear naked choke). Round 5, 4:56
Edson Barboza def. Bobby Green by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Chico Camus def. Brad Pickett by Split Decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Oleksiy Oliynyk def. Jared Rosholt by KO (Punch), Round 1, 3:21
Joseph Benavidez def. Dustin Ortiz by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Matt Wiman def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Ruslan Magomedov def. Josh Copeland by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Roger Narvaez def. Luke Barnatt by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
James Vick def. Nick Hein by Unanimous Decision (30, 29-28, 29-28)
Akbarh Arreola def. Yves Edwards by Submission (armbar). Round 1, 1:52
Paige VanZant def. Kailin Curran by TKO (punches). Round 3, 2:54
Dooho Choi def. Juan Puig by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:18

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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.