It looks like the UFC featherweight division is heating up in a big way.
Rising star Conor McGregor will take on No. 5-ranked Dustin Poirier on the main card of this weekend’s (Sat., September 27, 2014) UFC 178 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena from Las Vegas, Nevada, and the 145-pound belt will be defended when champion Jose Aldo rematches No. 1-ranked Chad “Money” Mendes in the main event of UFC 179 from Rio de Janeiro.
Tonight, however, another blockbuster bout has been booked for the division, as the rumored Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson bout has been booked for a UFC Fight Night card from Austin Texas on November 22. UFC Tonight broke the news just moments ago:
BREAKING: Frankie Edgar will face Cub Swanson at featherweight in UFC Austin card on Nov. 22 #UFC
— UFC Tonight (@UFCTonight) September 25, 2014
The co-main event slot features an action-packed bout between lightweights Bobby Green and Edson Barboza.
The No. 2-ranked Swanson most recently won a decision over a tough challenge in Jeremy Stephens, who had looked like a force since cutting down to featherweight. He has won six straight fights overall, with his last loss coming to a Ricardo Lamas submission at UFC on FOX 1 way back in 2011.
Former lightweight champion Edgar was last seen finishing the legendary B.J. Penn in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Finale on July 6. He’s ranked directly behind Swanson at No. 3.
He’s won two straight since losing a title bid against Aldo at UFC 156 in February 2013.
The winner of this bout will most likely be the next contender for the featherweight title; indeed they should be. But as the story goes, we’ll most likely have to see what happens between Poirier and McGregor this weekend.
Check out how the stacked Texas event is shaping up so far….
Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson
Edson Barboza vs. Bobby Green
Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz
Kailin Curran vs. Paige VanZant
Isaac Vallie-Flagg vs. Matt Wiman
Chico Camus vs. Brad Pickett
Luke Barnatt vs. Roger Narvaez
Oleksiy Oliynyk vs. Jared Rosholt
Josh Copeland vs. Ruslan Magomedov
Dooho Choi vs. Juan Puig
Akbarh Arreola vs. Yves Edwards
Nick Hein vs. James Vick