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Morning Report: 'Exposed,' Cub Swanson thanks Frankie Edgar for teaching him a lesson

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

While Conor McGregor and Cub Swanson debated who had the better right to next face UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar was a forgotten third wheel.

Unfortunately for Swanson, and maybe Edgar, the former champ only got to fight once Saturday night in Austin.

With Edgar crushing his title hopes over the course of five rounds, Swanson sounded blindsided speaking to FOX Sports post-fight in Texas.

"Obviously it was super frustrating," Swanson of his performance. "[Edgar] did what he had to do and he exposed me. I was super confident. I thought I prepared and obviously underprepared. I want to thank him for a lesson and I'm going to be better."

Finding the night's silver lining, Swanson said Edgar showed him exactly where he needs to refocus after being repeatedly taken down and pinned to the mat.

"He was able to expose it," said Swanson. "I took this fight because I believed he was one of the best in the world at a lower weight class and I wanted to test myself. I'm getting up there in age and I wanted to see how bad I am. I know I took a beating but I was still hopeful all the way to the end."

Edgar's submission stoppage at 4:56 of round five earned him the distinction of the latest finish in UFC history, but Swanson said those four seconds just weren't enough for him.

"He landed a lot of elbows on my jaw so my jaw was pretty tired. I kept turning, turning, turning and I was like, 'He is not going to finish me. Nope.' He cranked, my mouth was open and he cranked my jaw pretty hard. I don't want a broken jaw again. I've lived through that so oh well."

Admirably upbeat, Swanson reaffirmed that even professional boxing could still be in his future.

"Always," said Swanson. "I want to test myself. I enjoy these things. If you want to be the best, sometimes you get the raw end of the deal. It's life."

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MEDIA STEW

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Highlights from Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson.

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Frankie Edgar's post-fight Octagon interview.

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TTTHS.

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TWEETS

Check out our pros react piece for instant reaction to UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson.

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Victory lap.


Matthew 18:20 - "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I with them" Independente of victory or defeat the Lord's name was glorified last night!

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Better luck next time.


I am laying down in my Hotel-room and rethink the hole evening! What a day! Didn't go the way i prefered, but in the end it's a fistfight! I am so proud of my Fans and supporters all over Germany, USA and the world!
I would have never expected the Texan homecrowd to "booooh" their hometown favorite and cheer for me!
I am looking forward to go home but i am gratefull for all the new friends and fans from the States! Thanks to my Team and special thanks to Sascha!
Thanks GOD for everyday

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How bout the weather?

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Excellent.

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Really?

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Sounds good.

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Very cool.

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Sweeeeden.

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Whoa.

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ICYMI.

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Jet"Streetfighter"Feds.

So How About Mendes vs Edgar?

I don't know about you guys, but I did NOT expect Frankie Edgar to dominate Cub Swanson the way he did. Besides Aldo, the only other contender I can see with enough wrestling chops, ability to maintain a frenetic pace, high output, endurance and explosiveness to hang with Edgar IS Chad Mendes.

I know when it comes to matching up rising contenders with those coming off a loss is rare and generally frowned upon, but hear me out on this. Why not match Mendes vs Edgar either around the same time or a month after McGregor/Siver (McG gets title shot with win), and match up Swanson with Bermudez? Aldo/Mendes 2 was exciting and so was Aldo/Edgar 1 so whoever wins gets a crack (again) or at least pair these two up later on (providing each of them wins again against opponents I can't think to match them up against in the interim).

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