According to a Nov. 23 report from Bloody Elbow, Frankie Edgar defeated Cub Swanson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 57, earning a stoppage with just seconds to go in the final frame. Edgar earned the tap with under 10 seconds left in the last round, marking the latest finish in UFC history.
With the victory, the 33-year-old Edgar likely advances to a title fight against Jose Aldo, the man who defeated him early last year. There’s a chance that Edgar will advance to fight the winner of Conor McGregor’s upcoming fight with Dennis Siver, but Aldo is likely next for him.
Swanson headed into the fight as winner of six in a row, so he knew he was likely to earn a championship bout against Aldo with a win over Edgar. There was plenty on the line in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 57, with two of the best featherweights in the world trying to prove to the world that they were worthy of a title fight.
Edgar, 33, rolled into UFC Fight Night 57 on a two-fight win streak of his own, having cruised past Charles Oliveira last year and stopping BJ Penn earlier this year. Swanson, a perennial contender in the UFC’s featherweight division, had a nice two-inch height advantage, to go along with a two-inch reach advantage.
The first round was a bit of a feeling out process, with neither man gaining much of an advantage. Swanson and Edgar were both trying to save some gas in the tank in case the fight needed to reach the championship rounds. Swanson opened with an orthodox boxing stance, utilizing his height advantage by standing tall in the pocket. He peppered away with jabs in the opening minute, but didn’t land with anything solid.
Edgar shot in for a takedown in the second minute, but Swanson managed to get out of it. The men continued to stand and trade punches heading into the third minute of action, but neither landed anything significant. Edgar and Swanson both needed a decisive victory to earn a title shot, since McGregor believes he is also worthy of a championship bout against Aldo.
Since McGregor fights Siver early next year in Boston, he could also put himself in the mix for a fight against Aldo with a knockout finish. That said, Edgar and Swanson knew how important it was to finish with a bang. The most significant action in the first round of Edgar’s clash with Swanson was the two takedowns the New Jersey native landed.
Heading into Round Two, Edgar was up on the scorecards due to the pair of takedowns he was able to land in the opening frame. Edgar landed a shot to Swanson’s face in the second minute of the second round, and he quickly shot in for a takedown. With blood streaming down Swanson’s face, Edgar worked some ground and pound on his downed opponent with two minutes to go in Round Two. Edgar spent over three minutes in top position in the second round.
Swanson was a bloody mess heading into Round Three, and he knew he was going to dig down deep to earn the win. Edgar landed his fourth takedown of the fight in the third round, notching most of the seven attempts he had tried up until the midway mark of the round. Edgar found himself in top position once again, utilizing his solid wrestling base to batter Swanson’s face.
Edgar had landed over 100 punches by the midway mark of the third round, while Swanson had landed just 49 up to that point. With little over a minute left in the third round, Edgar opened up with elbows to the side of Swanson’s head. Smelling the finish, Edgar continued to pound away until the ref took a close look at the damage.
Heading into the fourth round, it was a clean sweep for Edgar on the judges’ scorecards. Edgar was up three rounds to zero as the fighters moved into Round Four. Edgar landed his fifth takedown of the fight in the fourth round, and he hopped into top position once again. Edgar had landed over 150 strikes by the waning minutes of the fourth frame.
Against all odds, Swanson made it into the fifth and final round of action. Knowing he needed a knockout to earn the win, Swanson swung for the fences in the last round. Unfortunately for him, it was too little, too late. Edgar put Swanson right back on his back and smothered him for the duration of the final frame.