The co-main event of this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 128 card is set to be a featherweight showdown between Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson. Both men have fought each other before, with Edgar having submitted Swanson in the fifth round after dominating the majority of the match.
Edgar vs. Swanson is a three-round bout on the undercard of Kevin Lee vs. Edson Barboza. Also included on Fight Night 128 is the bantamweight contest of Aljamain Sterling vs. Brett Johns.
Frankie Edgar UFC Form and Fight Record
Edgar is coming off a recent KO loss to Brian Ortega, which was a testament to Ortega’s growth rather than to decline. Although Edgar is now 36 years of age, his movement, speed and technique are still enough to give the majority of featherweight fighters a run for their money.
The former champion used a largely wrestling-based approach to grind Swanson down over nearly five rounds before submitting him, and he will be best served by bringing a similar approach in their rematch.
As this fight will only be three rounds – as opposed to their previous five rounder – Edgar will need to be more aggressive on the ground in order to wear Swanson down quicker, which will make him less likely to do damage should be fight be stood up.
Cub Swanson UFC Form and Fight Record
While Swanson also possesses a superb grappling and submission game, his knockout power means he is better off staying on the feet and trying to box Edgar. Edgar is a notorious ‘slow starter’, and Swanson can take advantage of that by chopping Edgar down with solid strikes to the body and head.
By doing this, Swanson can take the first round and put Edgar in ‘desperation mode’ as he tries to take over the fight and win the final two rounds.
Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson Fight Prediction
In the first fight, Edgar showed that Swanson provided little threat to him and will prove the same again in the rematch. Edgar via decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).