UFC featherweight Frankie Edgar was linked to a possible clash with contender Cub Swanson last week after his management was quoted on UFC Tonight as expressing interest in the tilt. The notion didn’t necessarily sit well with Swanson at the time, questioning the upside of facing a fighter on a three-fight losing streak even if the stumbles involved champions Benson Henderson and Jose Aldo.
Swanson’s tune has changed some since and, as it turns out, he was approached about action against Edgar at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale once original headliner Demetrious Johnson-John Moraga fell apart due to injury.
“I’m still a little banged up from my fight with Dustin Poirier and five weeks (wasn’t) enough time to prepare for a five-round fight,” revealed Swanson to MMAFighting, explaining why he’d turned the duel down.
“I’m a little surprised Frankie Edgar is still picking fights with us WEC boys,” he added, alluding to Aldo and Henderson having fought in WEC before coming over to the UFC a couple of years ago.
As a result of Swanson’s status, a bantamweight bout between fellow “WEC boys” Urijah Faber-Scott Jorgensen has been pegged for the April 13 show’s main event. However, based on the 29-year old’s statements it looks likely he’ll still see action against Edgar at some point in 2013 with guaranteed title-shot potentially in place.
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