Frankie “The Answer” Edgar seemed almost like an afterthought in the build up to UFC Fight Night 57, an event he headlined against Cub Swanson, winning late in the fifth round by rear-naked choke. Despite being a former champion, despite being considered by many one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC, despite being a headliner, all talk was of Cub Swanson, and whether he would be granted a title shot with a victory. The Answer never seemed to be part of the equation, was never posed the same title-shot questions as Cub — but in the end, he came out and spoiled the Swanson party, exposing holes in the California fighter’s game, something Swanson himself admitted after the fight.

In the process, Frankie Edgar put himself in the record books with the latest finish in UFC history. He derailed a popular, exciting fighter and proved that he still has what it takes to compete at the top tier of the featherweight division.

So here’s the problem, and it’s a perplexing one for the UFC: in dispatching Cub Swanson, dominating him thoroughly en route to victory Saturday night (really the wee hours of Sunday morning for many of us), Frankie Edgar has placed himself firmly back in the title hunt, but do you give him the shot?

He took out the man the UFC had tapped for a title fight should he have won, and things would seemingly be coming up roses for Edgar — except for the ever-present shadow of the Notorious One. Conor McGregor is now officially the highest ranked fighter Jose Aldo has yet to beat (he had already topped Swanson back in their WEC days), and is primed to take the next shot with a win over Denis Siver in January, even though it was Edgar who took out the man previously promised a title fight.

Number one contender status in the UFC is, of course, a fluid designation, and McGregor represents the biggest draw the featherweight division has. Aldo may be too much, too soon for the rising star, but waiting is always a gamble, as a loss would set him back possibly a year or more. Timing is everything in MMA match-making, and as a result, despite Frankie Edgar having the answer for Cub Swanson, he may have to wait a while longer to get another crack at Jose Aldo — assuming the champion still holds the belt by then.

 

 

About The Author

Senior Staff Writer

Covering the sport of MMA from Ontario, Canada, Jay Anderson has been writing for various publications covering sports, technology, and pop culture since 2001. Jay holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph, and a Certificate in Leadership Skills from Humber College under the Ontario Management Development Program. When not slaving at the keyboard, he can be found in the company of his dog, a good book, or getting lost in the woods.