During an interview with Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar argued that he should be the first man to get a crack at newly crowned UFC featherweight king Max Holloway.
Dismissing the credentials of another top-candidate, Cub Swanson, Edgar made a compelling case.
However, Swanson has since hit back at ‘The Answer’. Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, the 33-year-old former WEC featherweight title challenger dropped a reminder that Edgar has been given more championship opportunities than just about anyone in the UFC over the last five years.
Because when you lose 4 straight title fights. It's ridiculous to think you get a 5th ? https://t.co/sMSgEpTn4J
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) June 6, 2017
Indeed, Edgar has lost four title fights in a row. After three successful defences of the UFC lightweight title, the New Jersey native dropped the 155-pound strap to Benson Henderson via unanimous decision at UFC 144 in February of 2012. He was granted an immediate return, but once again failed to best ‘Bendo’ over five rounds at UFC 150.
From there, Edgar dropped down to featherweight and was granted a title shot in his very first fight in the division. Though it was close and, in the eyes of many, controversial, Edgar lost a decision to then champion Jose Aldo.
Frankie subsequently put together a five-fight winning-streak to work his way back into the title picture. In July of last year, at UFC 200, he once again faced Aldo, this time for an interim featherweight title. Aldo, however, took the decision yet again and in more convincing fashion than he had the first time around.
Does Swanson, who has won four consecutive fights and ten of his last twelve, have a point? How many bites of the cherry can one fighter get?