The headlining attraction of last night's (Sat., Nov. 22, 2014) UFC Fight Night 57: "Edgar vs. Swanson" event at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Fox Sports 1 featured former lightweight champion and featherweight title challenger Frankie Edgar hoping to earn another crack at Jose Aldo's crown by running through fellow title hopeful Cub Swanson.
This one was all about determining a potential number one contender at 145-pounds.
Edgar strongly asserted himself by completely neutralizing Swanson's offense, knocking him down, taking him down, and pounding away while working from top. He passed his guard, he moved to full mount, he worked a variety of offense.
After two rounds, it looked like Swanson had very little to offer Edgar.
After three, it looked the same. Blow-by-blow commentator Jon Anik informed us that "The Answer" had spent a total of seven minutes in top control. That's out of 15, mind you.
Swanson was cut up, tired, and surely demoralized knowing he was going to need a finish to win the fight.
Still, Edgar's onslaught was unending. He once again took Swanson down, ground him down, and beat the hell out of him. Cub's face looked something like the bright red flowers tattooed on his leg. It was bad.
Somehow though, Swanson survived to the fifth and final frame.
It didn't matter.
Swanson couldn't even hang his hat on the fact that he managed to make it to the judges scorecards, as he was submitted with just seconds remaining in the bout. It was the latest finish in the history of the UFC.
Anyone want Edgar vs. Aldo part deux?
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