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UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson results - Fights to make for main card fighters

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UFC Fight Night in Austin, Texas is in the books, so what's next for Saturday's main card fighters? Mookie Alexander plays fantasy matchmaker.

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UFC Fight Night in Austin, Texas featured good action throughout the evening, in addition to the usual nonsensical scoring from the good ol' Texas judges. The standout performance of the night clearly belonged to Frankie Edgar, who recorded the latest finish in UFC history with a neck crank on Cub Swanson with 4 seconds left in the 5th round. Edson Barboza also impressed with a key win over Bobby Green, and Oleksiy Oliynyk pulled off the unexpected KO of Jared Rosholt to extend his UFC mark to 3-0.

It's time now to examine the futures of the main card fighters from last night in our traditional post-event "Fights to Make" series.

Frankie Edgar. He wants a title shot vs. Jose Aldo, but I think he fights Chad Mendes. It's the unquestioned best fight to make at 145 lbs and if Edgar wins that one then give him his shot. There's no one else ranked below Aldo and Mendes who presents a compelling fight for Edgar right now (including McGregor).

Cub Swanson. Putting it bluntly, this shuts the door on Swanson getting a title shot. He's lost to Aldo, Lamas, Mendes, and Edgar is a combined 0-4 with 3 of them ending in finishes. While he's still a clear top 10 fighter and wildly entertaining to watch, the beating he received last night puts a limit as to how far he can go. I think his next fight is against the recently defeated Dennis Bermudez.

Edson Barboza. Even acknowledging Green essentially played right into what Barboza's style, that was easily the best performance the Brazilian has had in the UFC. He's finally managed a win over a top 10 ranked lightweight and now I want to see him take on Michael Johnson when he recovers from his injury.

Bobby Green. Brutal loss for Green, who mixed in no-selling landed strikes by being visibly hurt and knocked down by landed strikes. There were very few positives to take from this performance and he likely drops out of the top 10 with this setback. A match-up with Jim Miller (once planned for UFC 172) seems logical.

Chico Camus. After a disappointing run at bantamweight, Camus gets a good name on his resume in his flyweight debut. It wasn't a great showing per se, but it was enough to earn him the split decision. I see his next outing being against Wilson Reis.

Brad Pickett. This is a bad bad bad loss for Pickett that really justifies my initial skepticism about his move to flyweight. He's not a great athlete, well into his 30s, and his brawling ways have really taken a toll on him. There are no currently ranked 125ers I see him beating, so either he should go back to bantamweight or take on the bottom-feeders of the division. Put him in against Richie Vaculik.

Oleksiy Oliynyk. That was an unusual ezekiel choke performed by Oliynyk. It seemed to involve "hitting the guy in the face really hard until he falls". Big win for him over Rosholt, and the winner of Gabriel Gonzaga/Matt Mitrione is a great step-up in competition for him.

Jared Rosholt. Oof. He had Oliynyk hurt early in the fight and was winning until he suddenly wasn't. This ends his undefeated UFC record and blows up his chances of being a serious contender. Next up for Rosholt? The loser of Todd Duffee/Anthony Hamilton.

Joseph Benavidez. What do you do? He's 0-2 vs. the champ, John Dodson is out until next summer following ACL surgery, and he's beaten damn near everyone else in the division. Total stab in the dark, but I think he's facing John Moraga, who doesn't have an opponent for UFC on Fox 13, but either gets pulled from the card or gets a winnable fight vs. an inferior opponent.

Dustin Ortiz. Well we know that he can take a hell of a shot and otherwise had some small windows of success against someone vastly superior to him. Ortiz is that perfect gatekeeper at flyweight and a really difficult opponent for the elite of the division. I think he gets the loser of Tim Elliott/Zach Makovsky.

Matt Wiman. It wasn't easy, but it's Wiman's first win since 2012 and hopefully he can fight on a regular basis yet again. He's never going to challenge for a belt, but he's a consistently reliable main card opener who is almost always in fun fights. If Jamie Varner gets past Drew Dober in two weeks, I think that's a terrific bout to make.

Isaac Vallie-Flagg. Three losses in a row is quite possibly the end of the road for a 36-year-old lightweight without any name value. Unless they give him a "loser leaves town" match-up against someone like Efrain Escudero, this might be the end of the line for him.