Just in case you couldn’t get enough hard hitting action, there is yet more MMA goodness coming up this weekend.
Some of you may be glad to know that it will be slightly easier to follow than previous weeks with just the one event taking place in Austin, Texas, USA as the UFC’s featherweight division once again grabs the spotlight.
With Ricardo Lamas #4 making huge waves in the UFC’s featherweight division last weekend in Mexico City, attention now focuses on two elite athletes in a match up that fans have been waiting impatiently for ever since the official announcement was made.
Cub Swanson #2 (21-5) and Frankie Edgar #3 (17-4-1) face off for a potential shot at featherweight gold.
The action is live on BT Sport from 1am this weekend and is certainly a fight you will not want to miss.
Since the merge between WEC and the UFC, Swanson has fought 7 times thus far and has only lost once against the previously mentioned Ricardo Lamas back in 2011. Since then, Cub has torn through the featherweight division with notable wins over Ross Pearson, Dustin Poirier and Jeremy Stephens. Under the banner of the UFC, Swanson has 4 finishes to his credit all by way of KO/TKO and will certainly be hoping to impress this Saturday as he takes on the former lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar.
In Cub’s 26 fight career, he has 7 submissions to his name and an all round excellent ground game to boot. However, he’s coming up against a very experienced wrestler and grappler in Edgar who would very much like a shot at another title fight.
Edgar, a recent TUF coach, comes into this fight in a mixed bag of form. Having lost twice to Benson Henderson twice in quick succession, Edgar has decided to drop down to the featherweight division and try his luck there. Thus far, he’s beaten Charles Oliveira and in his most recent fight put on an absolute clinic against BJ Penn and finished him in the 3rd round of their 5 round main event.
The former lightweight champion is an excellent fighter at grinding out results and is remembered fondly for that UFC 125 on New Years Day when he came back to draw the fight against Gray Maynard in one of the most thrilling lightweight fights in UFC history.
Edgar is determined to leave the past behind and focus on future challenges and a win over a very dangerous and in form Cub Swanson is never going to be easy but Frankie Edgar has always found a way to fight and grind out results. Edgar may admit that he is lacking finishes with only 8 to his credit (5 TKO/KO and 3 Subs) but he certainly does not lack heart which is what makes this fight so interesting and is worth investing time into watching it.
Win or lose, both men may have some very interesting match ups next year with other top fighters in action very soon. Conor McGregor, Denis Siver, Ricardo Lamas or Chad Mendes could all be potential contests when the dust settles in Boston next January when the picture will become that bit clearer.
For now, let’s just enjoy what will be a colossal main event between two of the UFC’s most entertaining scrappers.
Be sure to check back to Pundit Arena this Tuesday for a recap on all the action in the ‘Tuesday Takedown’
Shane Saunders, Pundit Arena.