Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar has always been about allowing his body of work to speak for itself.
Tonight, Cub Swanson can cement his status as the next contender to Jose Aldo’s UFC featherweight title with a win over Edgar at UFC Fight Night 57. That, though, doesn’t mean Edgar is fighting for the same thing.
And he has no problems with that – for now.
Edgar (17-4-1) has won two straight since a loss to Aldo in his featherweight debut last year. He finished former champion BJ Penn this past July after a win in 2013 over Charles Oliveira.
“I’m not focused on (a title shot),” said Edgar, during an interview on UFC Tonight earlier this week. “If I don’t win this fight, none of that matters. I’ve got to win this fight, then I go bug (UFC president) Dana (White) about that.”
Lately, talking has become the norm for the 145-pound division, especially since the arrival of Conor McGregor. “The Answer” doesn’t see it as being a bad thing, it’s just not his style.
“Lots of guys are talking,” he said. “They’re following Conor’s lead. I’m just going to let my fighting speak for myself and make it so they have to give me my shot.”
Edgar will be trying to snap Swanson’s six-fight win streak, and he knows that the key to doing that is simple: stay true to what works.
“I have to be myself,” he said. “He’s cocky and he’s got heavy hands. I have to stay technical and smart.”