Conor McGregor didn’t even fight on Saturday night and he might have come out as the biggest winner.

Frankie Edgar looked dominant against Cub Swanson in Austin but since it hasn’t even been a year since Edgar lost to Jose Aldo, I don’t think he’ll be the next featherweight challenging for the title.

It would have been really difficult to deny Cub Swanson a shot at the belt if he had gotten past Edgar, but he didn’t and now he has to climb his way back up the ladder at 145 pounds.

We will take a look at some of the more intriguing fights that could come out of UFC Fight Night 57: Edgar vs. Swanson.

Frankie Edgar vs. Ricardo Lamas

Both of these fighters want another shot at Aldo and both have put on impressive performances since losing in their first fight to Aldo. While you could argue that Edgar could be the next challenger, I believe Dana will wait until McGregor fights in January to decide who will be taking on Aldo next.

Depending on what happens in Boston between McGregor and Siver, I could see this fight thrusting the winner back into contention since Aldo has wins over all but one person (McGregor) in the top 5 and the only viable contenders now would be a winner of the hypothetical Edgar vs. Lamas fight or McGregor, assuming he gets past Siver.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we ended up seeing Edgar vs. McGregor either, especially if Siver drops out with an injury or if Aldo isn’t ready by the time we know our next contender.

Edson Barboza vs. Michael Johnson

Edson Barboza defeated Bobby Green on Saturday night and expressed his desire for a top 5 or top 10 opponent at lightweight.

Well, sorry Edson, most of them are booked, injured or coming off a loss. Who we seemingly do have is Michael Johnson, who you are currently tied with in the UFC rankings at 11 and who is riding a three-fight win streak.

Call me old fashioned, but I also don’t think wins over Evan Dunham and Bobby Green should vault you into the top 5 of the lightweight division, especially since you have guys like Eddie Alvarez and Myles Jury outside of it. Now, if Barboza were to put away Michael Johnson, then you might look for someone elite to give him in his next fight.

Joseph Benavidez/Chico Camus vs. John Moraga (short notice)

John Moraga is still expected to stay on the UFC on Fox 13 card in Phoenix on December 13th even though Jussier Formiga has dropped out of their fight due to injury.

If Moraga wants a meaningful fight in his hometown, both of these guys would present that option and get Moraga back into the title mix in the flyweight division.

If you’re Benavidez, you need some big statement wins to even be looked at again for a title shot at 135 pounds. You need to beat higher ranked opponents than Dustin Ortiz and you’d have a chance to do that with a fight against Moraga.

Camus is still new to the division and could announce to everybody that he’s a legit contender at bantamweight if he could beat Moraga on short notice.

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.