On Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX, Frankie “The Answer” Edgar dominated featherweight title hopeful Cub Swanson. Edgar was able to take Swanson down at will and on the ground he hammered him with a constant barrage of ground and pound.

Swanson came into the bout riding a six-fight win streak with four of those wins coming by way of knockout, but Edgar never gave him a chance to get things going on the feet. Edgar continually closed the distance and put Swanson’s back on the mat.

While Edgar’s sheer dominance was impressive in and of itself, it was his push to finish the fight that was truly remarkable. With only four seconds left in the fight, Edgar secured a choke and Swanson tapped immediately; it is the latest stoppage in UFC history at 4:56 of the fifth round.

Even though Edgar is only three fights removed from his failed title bid against Jose Aldo at UFC 156, he has proven himself worthy of another shot. Edgar has now won three in a row against stellar competition and he has finished BJ Penn and Swanson in back to back outings.

Aldo hasn’t lost a fight in nine years and he has dominated the featherweight division since first winning the WEC title in November of 2009. Aldo has proven time and time again to be a riddle with no answer…until now.

Edgar can and will beat Aldo when the two meet again, because Edgar is the best fight strategist in MMA today, and his ability to impose his will on an opponent is incomprehensible.

Remember, when Aldo and Edgar first fought, it was Edgar’s first ever fight at featherweight and he was coming off of back to back losses against Benson Henderson. Edgar wasn’t truly ready for the speed and the pace of the featherweight division and he was still able to push Aldo to the limit and earn “Fight of the Night” honors.

Now, Edgar knows how fast the division is and he has seen what Aldo brings to the table — that will be the difference. Edgar and his team of coaches are great at making the training adjustments necessary to create opportunities. No one is better at exploiting an opportunity than Edgar.

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RJ Gardner
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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.