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UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson results – Winners and losers

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Following an entertaining night of fights in Austin, Karim Zidan delves into the real winners and losers from the event.

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Following several months of lackluster Fight Night events, the stars aligned on Saturday night when the UFC arrived in Austin with a compelling fight card packed with an array of prospects and enthralling match-ups. Although it may not have been as loaded as last week's triple-header, there was no godly reason why MMA fans needed to suffer through that sort of night more than once a year anyway.

With that in mind, it is time to sift through the UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson fight card to determine the biggest winners and losers from the event.

Winners

Conor McGregor. While he may not have been a part of the fight card, Ireland's Conor McGregor was arguably one of the biggest winners of the evening, if not the biggest. While Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson had an opportunity to prove they each deserved the next title shot against Jose Aldo, it is McGregor who will likely secure the coveted opportunity with a victory over Dennis Siver in January. Had Swanson come out and picked up an impressive victory over Edgar, the situation may have been more complicated. However, since Edgar has already faced Aldo in the past, is there any doubt that the UFC will schedule Aldo vs. McGregor if the Irishman wins his next fight?

Frankie Edgar looked phenomenal in his main event outing against Cub Swanson. He dominated the majority of the match-up and displayed a wide range of his trademark tactics, including the strategic ground and pound that he used to batter and bruise Swanson throughout the fight.  It was about as good as Edgar has ever looked at featherweight and proved that he is undoubtedly one of the top competitors in the division. However, as stated above, it is highly unlikely that his performance will warrant a title shot against Aldo.

Edson Barboza began 2014 with a loss to Donald Cerrone but has since compiled a two-fight winning streak that includes a significant victory over touted opponent Bobby Green. While Green appeared lost in the cage and was simply content with taunting his opponent, Barboza took command of the fight with a wide array of strikes from his arsenal. With that in mind, this was easily one of Barboza's best UFC performances since he joined the promotion in 2010.

Matt Wiman. While he may not have taken part in the most exciting of fights, Matt Wiman made a successful return to the octagon after nearly two years on the sidelines; that alone is worthy of a spot in the ‘Winners' section. While Wiman spent a portion of his time away from the cage healing his accumulated battle wounds, he also used it as an opportunity to hone his craft and better prepare himself for a return to the cage following a KO loss to T.J. Grant. Safe to say his strategy worked.

Paige VanZant took part in one of the most entertaining fights on the Austin card, as she dazzled the crowd in attendance with her exceptional aggression and urgency to seek out the finish. After an impressive display over the span of 12 minutes, VanZant reaped the rewards of her efforts and finished Kailin Curran via TKO. While she may still be a raw talent, there is no doubt that VanZant is a talent to keep an eye out for in the coming couple of years.

Doo Ho Choi. Korean standout Doo Ho Choi made an emphatic statement in his debut fight under the UFC banner, as he needed no more than sixteen seconds to knock out Juan Puig in the curtain jerker fight on the card. Not only did he extend his winning streak to 10 consecutive victories - six consecutive T/KOs - he also announced himself as a fighter to watch for in the featherweight division.

Losers

Cub Swanson had a golden opportunity to finally cement a long-anticipated title shot in the UFC. Sadly, the talented featherweight was unable to withstand the constant pressure from former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, and was thoroughly outclassed in their main event match-up on Saturday night. While the opening round was a close affair, Edgar quickly took command of the fight in the second round and simply never looked back. Now, Swanson will see his title shot fall into Conor McGregor's lap - a bitter conclusion to a grueling journey.

Bobby Green sounded alarm bells earlier this week when he flirted with the idea of retirement from MMA. While he did not appear out of shape during his co-main event match-up against Edson Barboza, he simply arrived in the cage with a terrible gameplan that played perfectly into Barboza's kickboxing style. The loss was Green's first under the UFC banner and snapped an eight-fight winning streak that stretched back over three years. Considering his non-committal perspective on his fighting future, it will be interesting to see how Green handles this recent turbulence.

Brad Pickett suffered yet another decision loss in the UFC to drop to 1-3 in his last four fights in the octagon. His split decision loss to Chico Camus was his second consecutive loss at flyweight and ended his chance to work towards a potential title shot. While it is unlikely that Pickett will loss his spot on the roster following the close loss, he knows a two-fight losing streak is not the most stable of spots to be in.

Jared Rosholt was featured on the wrong end of arguably the most vicious stoppage of the entire fight card. The American wrestler saw his three-fight win streak evaporate into thin air when Oleksiy Oliynyk knocked him out just over three minutes into the opening round of the fight. Considering Rosholt was fishing for the knockout early in the fight and was close to a stoppage on several occasions, his sudden collapse was even more surprising.

Luke Barnatt. After starting his UFC career on a three-fight winning streak, Luke Barnatt is 0-2 in 2014 with very little to show for it - even though he lost both of them via split decision. As a fighter who once claimed to make more money than 80% of the UFC roster, he will need to find a solution to his problems before he finds himself out of a job.

Yves Edwards failed to prove himself worthy of a spot on the lightweight roster when he was forced to tap out to an armbar submission from Akbarh Arreola in less than two minutes of fight time. It was another disappointing showing from Edwards, who was struck by a flush knee from Arreola before finding himself in the fight-ending finish. The loss drops his record to 0-4(1) in his last five fights and makes him a likely candidate for the next roster trimming.

Other Notes

Joseph Benavidez. Although Joe B picked up a dominant win in his main card match-up against Dustin Ortiz, he failed to find a way to put an end to the lopsided beatdown - an issue that will hinder his chances at ever getting another shot at Demetrious Johnson. Considering he is the No. 2 consensus fighter in the flyweight division, if he is unable to finish fighters ranked outside the Top 10 in the division, he is simply not meeting expectations.