Frankie Edgar used his wrestling skills and footwork to neutralize the dangerous power and boxing of Cub Swanson enroute to a late fifth round submission win at UFC Fight Night 57.
Edgar wore down Swanson with his takedowns, and relentless ground-and-pound.
It was an impressive performance for the former lightweight champion.
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Edgar and Oleksiy Oliynyk earned performance of the night honours, while Paige VanZant and Kailin Curran earned Fight-of-the-Night.
All earned $50,000 USD bonuses.
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MATT WIMAN VS ISAAC VALLIE-FLAGG
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ISAAC VALLIE-FLAGG VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WISEMAN PREDICTION: ISAAC VAALIE-FLAGG VIA TKO
WINNER: MATT WIMAN VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27)
Andrews: Vallie-Flagg let Wiman control him on the ground too much in the first and third rounds. He did well on the feet, but so did Wiman. Wiman kept his composure and kept him from turning the fight into a brawl.
Wiseman: Skill-level wise, it should have been Vallie-Flagg’s match, but Wiman was smart to make this a clinch game. From the start of the fight to the finish it was a grinding clinch match against the cage. Certainly not the most entertaining fight, but like a chess match, Wiman had to put this fight in a place where he stood a chance to win. Good game planning on his part. Wiman gets the decision win.
JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ VS DUSTIN ORTIZ
ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WISEMAN PREDICTION: JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ VIA TKO
WINNER: JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Benavides tried to put Ortiz away with strikes, headlocks and guillotine attempts, but Ortiz kept coming and landed a few shots of his own. But Benavidez for the most part controlled the bout. He was just better, expected.
Wiseman: I wasn’t surprised by the win, but I was surprised by Ortiz’s ability to take punishment. Benavidez connected with everything, and everything he threw had ‘death’ written all over it. Ortiz just kept walking forward. Ultimately the striking, speed, and ability to mix things up just gave Benavidez the edge. He completely dominated the fight from beginning to end for the decision win. Ortiz was still impressive and certainly deserves props for doing so well against such a high-level opponent.
JARED “THE BIG SHOW” ROSHOLT VS OLEKSIY “THE BOA CONSTRICTOR” OLIYNYK
ANDREWS PREDICTION: JARED ROSHOLT VIA SPLIT-DECISION
WISEMAN PREDICTION: OLEKSIY OLIYNYK VIA SUBMISSION
WINNER: OLEKSIY OLIYNYK VIA FIRST ROUND TKO
Andrews: What a left hook by Oliynyk, who was almost finished early. That just shows you what can happen in the heavyweight division. One shot can change everything.
Wiseman: Oliynyk is extremely dangerous on the mat, so on paper it would look like Rosholt had a slight advantage standing. This is exactly what we were seeing as the fight started, but Oliynyk showed that he is dangerous on his feet and to never count him out. A quick knockout by Oliynyk, I blinked and missed it so I’m happy for replay, but moving forward he will need to take less damage if he is going to be trying for a championship spot sometime in the future. Heavyweights are always dangerous, but Cain doesn’t give much space for opponents to swing with power.
#11 BRAD “ONE PUNCH” PICKETT VS CHICO “THE KING” CHAMUS
ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRAD PICKETT VIA TKO
WISEMAN PREDICTION: BRAD PICKETT VIA SUBMISSION
WINNER: CHICO CAMUS VIA SPLIT DECISION
Andrews: A tought fight to score, Camus fancy footwork and strikes probaby gave him the first round. Pickett landed in the second and took advantage of Camus’s inactivity in the second. The third was a toss-up depending what your preferred factors are. But that was definitely the best Camus we’ve seen so far.
Wiseman: It was a surprising fight. Camus making his UFC debut against a high level opponent in Pickett, yet he was able to hold his own. Pickett was able to score takedowns, but Camus was active off his back. He was aggressive in his striking and showed fantastic head movement. Pickett loves to brawl, but Camus showed a more technical brawling side which ended with a split decision win. Welcome to the UFC!
BOBBY “KING” GREEN VS EDSON “JUNIOR” BARBOZA
ANDREWS PREDICTION: BOBBY GREEN VIA TKO
WISEMAN PREDICTION: EDSON BARBOSA VIA SUBMISSION
WINNER: EDSON BARBOZA VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27)
Andrews: It was target practice for Barboza, essentially. Green’s massive heart could overcome the talent of Barboza’s strikes which came early and often. I hope Green does not retire; he is still an entertaining fighter with a future in the UFC.
Wiseman: The ability of Green to take punishment is astounding. Barboza connected with kicks and great combinations, but Green shrugged everything off. It was a dominant fight by Barboza and certainly a tough opponent, so a big step up the ladder for him with the unanimous decision win.
#3 FRANKIE “THE ANSWER” EDGAR VS #2 CUB SWANSON
ANDREWS PREDICTION: FRANKIE EDGAR VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WISEMAN PREDICTION: CUB SWANSON VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: FRANKIE EDGAR VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: Wow. Easily one of his most dominant performances. He simply wore down Cub, then went in for the kill on the ground, wrapping up the choke. What a work rate by Edgar. This is how you dismantle a striker.
Wiseman: Swanson is a dynamic fighter who is always growing. However, Edgar’s movement, angles, and wrestling were at a different level against Swanson. He really wanted the choke with four seconds left and went after it. Definitely one of his best performances to date. I would personally love to see McGregor vs. Edgar. What a fight that would be.