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UFC Atlantic City preview: Cub Swanson wants to win because he’s better, not because Frankie Edgar is shot

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Swanson vs Lobov Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, was knocked out by top featherweight contender Brian Ortega at the UFC 222 pay-per-view (PPV) last month, the first time “The Answer” has been stopped in his storied combat sports career.

Less than two months after unscrambling his brains, “The Answer” will face off against 145-pound striker Cub Swanson at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 128 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1 from Atlantic City, New Jersey, on April 21, 2018.

And no one is going to tell him it’s “too soon” for a comeback

“I didn’t listen to them before, and I don’t listen to them now,” Edgar told MMA Junkie. “I guess we’re going to know for sure on Saturday night. I know I took a loss, I was stopped, I didn’t go all the way out, and everyone’s going to doubt that, but I know who I am.”

He’s the guy that finished Swanson in late 2014.

If Edgar gets put away in this weekend’s co-main event, there will undoubtedly be questions about the reason why. Is it because Swanson is now the better fighter? Or because of yet another “crazy” decision by UFC?

Swanson is leaning toward the former — but won’t rule out the latter.

“It is possible that he’s taking the fight too soon, but I have to go in there thinking that it’s going to be the best Frankie Edgar that we’ve seen and I’m expecting that,” Swanson told The TSN MMA Show. “If I get that big win and people are just going to be saying, ‘Oh, well he came back too soon’ and maybe downplay my skills out there, so hopefully they won’t read too much into it and expect the best Frankie like I do.”

Maybe he’s past his expiration date.

The sport of MMA is still too young to gauge the longterm impact of cage fighting, at least as it pertains to the onset of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). It also doesn’t help that CTE doesn’t play by the rules.

Some fighters can go 100 fights and be fine, while others only need one or two significant blows before they forget how to count to 20. Let’s hope Edgar (22-6-1) is able to avoid a similar fate, but it should be noted that his 25-8 opponent is a stand-up fighter with 11 knockouts.

Will it be 12 this Saturday in “The Garden State?”

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