Following Max Holloway’s UFC 212 win over Jose Aldo earlier this month, all signs pointed to Max Holloway making his first featherweight title defense against Frankie Edgar. The interest in the fight was mutual, as Holloway proclaimed at the UFC 212 post-fight press conference that he would like to add another former champion to his record.
With that being said, Cub Swanson is also looking to secure a featherweight title fight. Swanson made his case for a title shot by explaining that he’s never had a title shot in the UFC, while Edgar has had numerous title shots. Swanson went on to explain that in the midst of a 3-fight win streak, the time for his title shot is now.
Frankie Edgar spoke to Fox Sports this week to once again shoot down Swanson’s campaign:
“THERE’S JUST NO OTHER OPTIONS THAT ARE ANYWHERE NEAR VIABLE,” EDGAR TOLD FOX SPORTS VIA THE FIGHT SOCIETY PODCAST. “I’VE DONE EVERYTHING. I’VE BEEN FIGHTING THE BEST GUYS TIME AND TIME AGAIN AND GETTING THE RESULTS THAT I NEED. BESIDES THE FIGHTS WITH ALDO, THAT’S IT. I PRETTY MUCH BEAT EVERYBODY. [MAX] PRETTY MUCH BEAT EVERYBODY.
“LET’S FIGURE IT OUT. IT’S DOWN TO US TWO AND THAT’S IT.”
“FIRST OFF, I BEAT CUB PRETTY SOUNDLY NOT TOO LONG AGO AND THEN RIGHT AFTER THAT MAX BEAT HIM PRETTY SOUNDLY. I DON’T WANT TO TALK JUNK BUT I’LL JUST PUT FACTS,” EDGAR EXPLAINED. “HE LOST TO ME, HE LOST TO MAX AND THEN HE BEAT GUYS THAT AREN’T EVEN IN THE TOP 20 WHEN YOU COMPARE THAT TO WHAT I’VE DONE. SINCE I FOUGHT CUB, I’VE BEATEN [CHAD] MENDES, URIJAH [FABER], JEREMY STEPHENS, YAIR [RODRIGUEZ] AND I HAD THAT ONE LOSS TO ALDO.
“HE’S GOT A PRETTY BAD LOSS TO MAX AND THEN HE’S BEATEN SOME GUYS THAT I DON’T KNOW THEIR NAMES.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/9/2017.