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UFC Fight Night 57 results recap: Next matches to make for 'Edgar vs Swanson' main card winners in Texas

After an enthralling UFC Fight Night 57: "Edgar vs Swanson" event, ponders what is next for the main card winners who picked up victories last Saturday (Nov. 22, 2014) on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) inside the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

Esther Lin

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) made its third trip to Texas in 2014, and 24 competitors threw down in a night chock full of excitement. While UFC Fight Night 57: "Edgar vs Swanson" only provided five finishes with seven decisions, fight fans undoubtedly left the Frank Erwin Center with smiles on their faces.

The FOX Sports 1 (FS1) event featured a plethora of intriguing and consequential bouts throughout multiple weight divisions, as well as several highly-touted prospects making their debuts on the undercard.

In the main event, former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar took out No. 2-ranked featherweight contender Cub Swanson via the latest stoppage in UFC history. After battering Swanson with ground and pound and a relentless pace for five rounds, Edgar sunk in the fight ending rear-naked choke with just four seconds left in the fifth and final round.

Check out the highlights here.

The co-main event featured a dazzling performance from feared Brazilian striker Edson Barboza. Taking on a very tough Bobby Green, Barboza refused to allow his opponent's taunting to get in his head and impede his gameplan. Instead, Barboza was the one who frustrated Green with his movement alongside accurate and powerful strikes. In the end, Barboza lefts Texas with a unanimous decision victory, and his second straight win inside the Octagon.

Check out the highlights here.

With that quick recap of the night's marquee bouts, it is now time to play matchmaker with our "Next Matches To Make."

Winner: Matt Wiman

Who Should He Fight Next: Michael Chiesa

Matt Wiman looked great in his return to the Octagon after a nearly two-year long layoff. Fighting in one of the dirtiest and grittiest bouts you will ever see, Wiman left Austin with a unanimous decision victory over the very tough Isaac Vallie-Flagg.

Although Wiman impressed last evening, let's not pretend he was facing any world beater inside the Octagon. Depending on how "Handsome" wants to continue his MMA career, I tend to think exciting fights and match ups are exactly where he is headed.

If Wiman can string a few wins together without taking an enormous amount of time off, then we can start discussing the possibility of him fighting someone in the top 15.

For now, a bout with Michael Chiesa makes sense in the division's landscape and would undoubtedly be an exciting affair both on the feet and on the mat.

Winner: Joseph Benavidez

Who Should He Fight Next: John Lineker or John Dodson

Joseph Benavidez is in arguably the toughest spot in the entirety of UFC.

The No. 2 ranked-flyweight has shown time and again that he is perhaps the best 125 pound fighter in the world not named Demetrious Johnson. Unfortunately for the Team Alpha Male product, Benavidez has gotten two cracks at Johnson, and faltered both times.

In 10 UFC bouts, Benavidez is 8-2, only losing to the champion. With another impressive victory over the up-and-coming Dustin Ortiz last evening (highlights here), Benavidez is cleaning out the division's contenders, but has yet to earn a third crack at Johnson.

With victories over top-ranked contenders Ian McCall, Jussier Formiga, Tim Elliott, and more, the only options left are either John Lineker or John Dodson. Either fight could co-main event a UFC pay-per-view (PPV), and could potentially set up a No. 1 contender bout in the flyweight division.

With Dodson likely not returning to the Octagon until mid-year 2015, and Lineker potentially being re-booked against Ian McCall, the options for Benavidez are very limited.

Winner: Alexey Oliynyk

Who Should He Fight Next: Ben Rothwell

The UFC's heavyweight division is in desperate need of contenders. When Frank Mir, who is on a four-fight losing streak, is ranked in the division's top 15, you really get an idea of just how paper thin the division has become.

In comes Alexey Oliynyk. "The Boa Constrictor" halted Jared Rosholt's hype train last night with a violent knockout in the first round. The victory extended Oliynyk's win streak to eleven in a row, and he did it in style.

While "The Boa Constrictor" is likely long past his fighting prime at the age of 37, the Russian behemoth has looked uber-impressive in his first two UFC bouts. Two fights and two first-round finishes absolutely warrants a crack at a top-15 opponent, and the only viable option right now is Ben Rothwell.

Winner: Chico Camus

Who Should He Fight Next: Wilson Reis

Chico Camus looked sensational yesterday in dispatching British flyweight Brad Pickett. In Camus' debut at 125 pounds, "King" looked better than ever utilizing savvy footwork and boxing to stun and confuse "One Punch" throughout the 15-minute affair (highlights here).

Camus got a crack at a top-15 opponent and won, so expect him to be ranked somewhere from 11-15 come Monday afternoon. With that being said, a fight with the surging Wilson Reis would certainly be an exciting match up that could provide a new contender in the flyweight division.

Winner: Edson Barboza

Who Should He Fight Next: Michael Johnson

Edson Barboza proved once again that he is a force to be reckoned with in the lightweight division by taking an impressive decision nod over No. 7-ranked Bobby Green.

Even with the high-profile win, and his impressive outing altogether, I don't expect Barboza to be thrown right back into a top-five contender bout after his submission loss to Donald Cerrone this past April. While Barboza has bounced back impressively with two consecutive wins, another fight with an up-and-coming contender could earn him a crack at a top-five opponent.

With the options limited in the stacked lightweight division due to several fights on the horizon, a fight with rising contender Michael Johnson would not only make sense, but would likely turn out to be an exceptional fight.

Winner: Frankie Edgar

Who Should He Fight Next: Chad Mendes

Let's not pretend that UFC is going to leapfrog Frankie Edgar over Conor McGregor en route to a UFC title shot. The timeline is set for McGregor to get a shot at Aldo in 2015, and all he has to do is beat Dennis Siver in January.

Remember that money talks over quality wins.

Although Edgar may not have earned a title shot with his incredible victory over Cub Swanson last evening, he definitely earned a No. 1 contender fight in early 2015. While many would ask for a bout against Ricardo Lamas, who is coming off an impressive win over Dennis Bermudez back at UFC 180, I tend to believe that Mendes and Edgar are the clear No. 1 and 2 contenders in the 145-pound division.

With UFC often not fond of matching up winners with losers (as Mendes recently lost his rematch against Jose Aldo at UFC 179), there is still a possibility that Lamas gets a chance at a big win against Edgar early on in 2015.

Regardless, Edgar will be fighting for UFC gold once again if he earns one more victory, whether it be against Mendes or Lamas next year.

That's a wrap!

For more results and fallout from UFC Fight Night 57 including play-by-play, videos, reactions, recaps, and more, check out our "Edgar vs Swanson" live story stream right here.

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