Just over two weeks removed from the first knockout loss of his career, UFC featherweight contender Frankie Edgar is on course for a quick turnaround and a fight in his home state of New Jersey.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported on Tuesday that a rematch between Edgar and Cub Swanson is close to being finalized for UFC Fight Night: Atlantic City on April 21st. This also means that Swanson has evidently re-signed with the UFC, having tested the free-agent market upon the expiration of his contract.
Edgar (22-6-1) was knocked out by Brian Ortega at UFC 222. He was supposed to face champion Max Holloway in the main event, but when Holloway pulled out, Edgar accepted a short notice bout against Ortega. Obviously the move didn’t pay off, and now it’s Ortega who will get the next crack at Holloway. The 36-year-old Edgar now gets a chance to compete in New Jersey for the first time since 2007, when he beat Spencer Fisher at UFC 78.
Swanson (25-8) was on a four-fight winning streak when he faced Ortega last December. Ortega wound up tapping Swanson out via guillotine choke, but he did take home Fight of the Night honors for the third consecutive bout. This will be Cub’s chance to even the score with Edgar, who submitted him with a neck crank at 4:56 of the fifth and final round of their UFC Austin main event way back in 2014. Should this matchup materialize as expected, then it will only be three rounds instead of five.
In case you’re wondering, Nevada’s Athletic Commission listed Edgar’s UFC 222 medical suspension as “no contest until 04/18, no contact until 04/03.” The 49-day turnaround would be the second-fastest of Edgar’s 13-year MMA career, with his fastest coming at 42 days in 2005, when he won his second and third pro bouts in late October and early December respectively.