UFC Fight Night 57 took place Saturday, November 22nd at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin Texas. It was the second show UFC has held in Austin, the first being Fight Night 22 back in 2010.
Here are the five biggest stories immediately coming out of Fight Night 57.
Frankie Edgar dominates Cub Swanson and looks ready for a title shot
Edgar was considered by some as an underdog going into his fight at Fight Night 57 against Swanson. With this fight Edgar, 33, surpassed Tito Ortiz for third ever in total fight time in the UFC, behind GSP and BJ Penn. Edgar was coming off two wins in a row after losing a decision to champ Jose Aldo in his featherweight debut last year, but Swanson, 31, seemed like the fresher of the two fighters. Swanson was on a six-fight winning streak and had only lost once in the UFC, in his promotional debut in Ricardo Lamas back in 2011.
Edgar proved any doubters wrong at Fight Night 57, dominating a five-round fight before choking Swanson out with 4 seconds left in the fifth round, setting a UFC record for latest finish in a fight at 24:56 match time. Edgar continually took Swanson down, clearly winning every round of the fight before locking in the finishing choke in the dying seconds of the fifth round. Edgar was able to land 7 of 13 takedown attempts and outstruck Swanson in significant strikes 93 to 31.
Swanson is no slouch. Besides the long undefeated streak going into this bout, Swanson was ranked second at featherweight. Edgar was ranked third. Swanson had claimed before the fight that he was promised a title shot against Aldo with a win here. The title picture at featherweight is a bit murky, as the best thing for business right now would be to give the title shot to Conor McGregor should he defeat Dennis Siver in January since McGregor is hot and it is a chance to capture lightning in a bottle at the box office.
Edgar, however, proved at Fight Night 57 that he also deserves a title shot. Edgar has fought and lost to Aldo in the past, but it was a close decision and a rematch between the two could go either way. If McGregor loses in January, Edgar will surely get the next shot against Aldo. But if McGregor wins, a lot will depend on UFC’s scheduling for next year. If they plan on running a stadium in Ireland during the summer, they will need McGregor challenging Aldo for the title. That means Edgar will have to wait. It is feasible that Edgar could get the shot first and then McGregor faces the winner, but McGregor might be the next big draw for the UFC and they need to give him that chance.
The next title shot will all be sorted out after January, no matter.