- Cub Swanson has re-signed with the UFC, and will be taking no step down in competition when he faces the former lightweight champion for the second time.
Confirmed by Ariel Helwani, the rematch is set to take place in Edgars home state of New Jersey on April 21st, in Atlantic City. The event will air on FS1, with early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
The first meeting between the two featherweight contenders took place over three years ago. In a fantastic showing, ”The Answer” would submit Swanson with just four seconds to go in the 5th round of their main event fight at UFC Fight Night 57 in Austin Texas.
Following that fight, ”Killer Cub” would take his second straight submission loss, at the hands of current featherweight champion Max Holloway. Swanson then bounced back with a four fight win streak, beating Hacran Dias, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Dooho Choi and Artem Lobov.
However, in December Swanson was submitted again, this time at the hands of now number one contender Brain Ortega. Following the loss, Cub’s UFC contract was up, and he briefly flirted with free agency, but the booking with Edgar means Cub will be staying after all.
As fate would have it, Frankie is also coming off a loss to Brian Ortega. Ortega KO’d Edgar with a vicious uppercut earlier this month, in the co-main event of UFC 222. It was the first time Edgar has ever been stopped.
Prior to that, Frankie had back to back wins over Jeremy Stephens and Yair Rodriguez, bouncing back from a title fight loss to Jose Aldo at UFC 200.