Frankie Edgar Wants Title Shot Against the Winner of Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega

Frankie Edgar believes he's back in line for a title shot after dispatching Cub Swanson by unanimous decision on Saturday night in New Jersey.

Frankie Edgar is back on a mission for gold.

Following a setback against Brian Ortega at UFC 222, Edgar rushed back into the Octagon for his next fight on Saturday night where he dispatched fellow top five ranked fighter Cub Swanson by unanimous decision over three rounds

Edgar only faced Ortega after featherweight champion Max Holloway suffered an injury that knocked him out of their previously scheduled fight just a couple of weeks before the event took place.

The defeat didn’t deter Edgar from jumping right back into the Octagon on Saturday night where he dominated Cub Swanson for three rounds to earn a unanimous decision win.

Now with another win on his record and shaking off that last defeat, Edgar believes he’s right back where he belongs in the hunt for UFC gold.

“I do feel like I’m the guy,” Edgar said about getting the next shot at the title following his win on Saturday night. “I’m No. 3 [in the rankings]. I did have that title shot with Max and he got hurt. I put it on the line against [Brian] Ortega. I thought I was doing well. He caught me with a shot that I didn’t see.

“I’d love to run it back with Ortega or if Max stays the champion, I’d love a shot at Max.”

The fight between Holloway and Ortega was made official during the broadcast on Saturday night as they will square off at UFC 226 on July 7 in Las Vegas.

From the sound of things, Edgar would like to take a break following back-to-back fights to wait and see the outcome of that matchup to see if he could face the winner.

Looking at the state of the featherweight division right now, it might be tough to deny Edgar that opportunity even with his loss to Ortega earlier this year.


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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.