According to a Nov. 21 report from MMA Junkie, UFC Fight Night 57 is one of the UFC’s best non-PPV offerings of the year, with a lightweight co-main featuring two of the top fighters in the division and a headliner with featherweight title implications. UFC Fight Night 57, which emanates from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, sees Edson Barboza collide with Bobby Green in the second to last fight of the night, and Cub Swanson against Frankie Edgar in the main event.
Both are important fights, as Green could earn a fight against a top 10 lightweight contender with a win over Barboza, and Swanson could possibly earn a title shot against Jose Aldo with a victory over Edgar. Of course, Conor McGregor thinks he’s next in line for a championship bout against Aldo, so there’s a chance the winner of Swanson’s fight with Edgar will advance to a collision with the fast-rising Irishman.
The 33-year-old Edgar isn’t far off from another title shot either. A winner of two in a row, Edgar is a perennial top contender in the UFC’s featherweight division, and a rematch with Aldo would be intriguing for most fight fans. In all likelihood, the winner of Edgar’s fight with Swanon will advance to take on McGregor, and the winner of that scrap will then move on to battle Aldo.
UFC Fight Night 57 is an absolutely stacked card, so loaded that the opening fight on the bill is earning all kinds of attention from media outlets across the globe. 20-year-old phenom, Paige VanZant, will be making her UFC debut opposite Kailin Curran on the UFC Fight Pass portion of the UFC Fight Night 57 card.
VanZant, an Invicta FC vet, is one of the fastest-rising strawweights in the world, having gone toe-to-toe with the likes of Tecia Torres and Jordan Gaza. Here’s the thing: VanZant (3-1) isn’t just a killer in the cage; She’s one of the most marketable young athletes in the realm of MMA. Let’s be honest: VanZant is a knockout, inside and out of the cage.
Her model-esque good looks have been turning heads for years, but she’s also a skillful fighter inside the cage. That’s a deadly combo for advertisers, as she may soon find herself as a brand ambassador for companies around the world. VanZant’s beauty may have helped earn her some early attention in the UFC, but it’s not going to help her once the cage door locks.
She’ll need to show off her high-level striking skills if she’s to ever really get over with the UFC’s fan base. VanZant knows the UFC isn’t a beauty pageant. She’s ready to shock the world by proving pretty girls can compete at a high level inside the UFC’s world-famous Octagon. VanZant fights Curran on Nov. 22 in Austin, live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass. The bout will be competed at 115 pounds, a key tilt in women’s strawweight action.