Frankie Edgar must have a penchant for punishment, because he has called for a five-round fight against featherweight contender Cub Swanson. According to the UFC news program UFC Tonight, it was reported that Edgar would like to face Swanson in the main event of an FX or Fuel TV event later this year. It was also stated the only other fight he would be looking at would be a match with Dennis Siver, and if he cannot get a main event, his manager stated a slot at the upcoming UFC 160 would be preferred.
If Edgar does get a main event slot, it would be his eighth straight fight that has the potential to go five rounds, and it would be the first time he has not had a rematch since 2009. Edgar will be hunting for a win since he has lost three straight fights, and has only won once in his last five fights. The former lightweight champion has had super-close fights in all of his losses, but it does not change the fact that they are losses.
Swanson is on the best run of his Zuffa career. After losing his UFC debut due to arm-triangle at the hands of Ricardo Lamas, Swanson has won four straight fights. In 2012, he finished George Roop, Ross Pearson and Charles Olivera. He was supposed to face former lightweight Siver at the Fuel TV event last weekend, but an injury to Siver put Dustin Poirier in the co-main event slot opposite Swanson. The fight was back and forth, but Swanson came out the victor, which secured his spot as a contender in the featherweight division.