MMA Preview – Frankie Edgar vs Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 128

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 128? Sunday 22nd April, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 128? Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey

What channel is UFC Fight Night 128? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 128? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 128? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The co-main event for UFC Fight Night 128 features a rematch between veterans who are both coming off two ruthless finishes courtesy of Brain Ortega. He brilliantly submitted Cub Swanson back in December and delivered Frankie Edgar’s first knockout loss of his career only last month.

This is a very short turnaround for Edgar who is desperate to fight in his home state of New Jersey but has another incredibly dangerous opponent in front of him. Swanson is grateful for the chance to fight a legend of the sport but is very confident of getting the better of the former lightweight champion.

Their fight back in 2014 went the way of Edgar who outlasted Swanson until the fifth round and finished the fight with a neck crank. This fight will also start and remain at a fierce pace as these two guys thrive on a relentless output with an immense level of cardio.

THE PREDICTION

They will both battle it out on the feet for the start of the fight at least with Edgar combining technical boxing with his trademark head movement and Swanson will match his pace but with more wild and aggressive striking.

Swanson will have to be wary of the takedown as Edgar level changes brilliantly in-between striking combinations and although Swanson is more than effective on the ground, takedowns will be crucial for Edgar in earning a decision.

It is always hard to bet against Edgar, but after such a brutal knockout with a substantial amount of miles on the clock, even the very best become more vulnerable to head strikes, especially fighting so soon after a loss. Swanson’s unorthodox style may just allow that fight-ending blow and the biggest win of his career.

Winner: Swanson via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.