According to multiple reports, a number one contender’s fight in the featherweight division between Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson will headline the UFC’s first appearance in Phoenix on December 13. The five-round battle will see the winner face the winner of the upcoming Aldo vs. Mendes title fight, with Swanson already losing to both fighters in the past. The card will be the thirteenth UFC on FOX card, giving two of the best 145-pounders in the world free exposure nationwide.
Frankie Edgar has won his last two since a three fight losing streak, with all three losses coming in title fights. In his last bout, he dominated BJ Penn to go 3-0 in their trilogy, and – although many felt Penn looked bad – Edgar attributed to making Penn look bad. After a close loss to champion Jose Aldo in his featherweight debut, Edgar has since defeated Charles Oliveira and the aforementioned Penn in impressive performances, and a third win in a row will be enough to earn Edgar another title fight.
Cub Swanson is currently on an incredible six fight winning streak, defeating the likes of Jeremy Stephens, Dennis Siver and Dustin Poirier to name just a few. If Mendes was not set to fight Aldo next, with the Team Alpha Male product already defeating Swanson in the past, then such an impressive win streak over high calibre opponents would usually be enough for a shot at the title.
Swanson has lost to Mendes via decision, and was knocked out by Aldo after just 8 seconds of the first round, though his improvements in his overall game make both of them losses a distant and irrelevant memory. Since compiling a 6-1 record in the UFC, Swanson has built a large fan base and will get the chance to further that in his second main event in a row against Edgar.
While the bout is not yet officially confirmed by UFC officials, a number of valid sources have stated that the match-up is close to finalising. The UFC confirmed their inaugural event in Phoenix, AZ shortly after the conclusion of UFC on FOX 12. The card will be held at US Airways Centre on December 13.
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