FRANKIE EDGAR STILL BELIEVES HE’S ‘THE GUY’ FOR NEXT TITLE SHOT AFTER UFC FIGHT NIGHT 128 VICTORY

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  • Kevin Lee def. Edson Barboza in their lightweight fight at the Boardwalk Hall on April 21, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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  • Kevin Lee def. Edson Barboza in their lightweight fight at the Boardwalk Hall on April 21, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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  • Kevin Lee def. Edson Barboza in their lightweight fight at the Boardwalk Hall on April 21, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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  • Kevin Lee def. Edson Barboza in their lightweight fight at the Boardwalk Hall on April 21, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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  • Frankie Edgar punches Cub Swanson in their featherweight fight at the Boardwalk Hall on April 21, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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  • Justin Willis punches Chase Sherman in their heavyweight fight at the Boardwalk Hall on April 21, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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  • David Branch punches Thiago Santos in their middleweight fight at the Boardwalk Hall on April 21, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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  • Aljamain Sterling punches Brett Johns in their bantamweight fight at the Boardwalk Hall on April 21, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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  • Dan Hooker knocks out Jim Miller in their lightweight fight at the Boardwalk Hall on April 21, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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  • Ryan LaFlare attempts to secure a submission against Alex Garcia in their welterweight fight at the Boardwalk Hall on April 21, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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  • Ricky Simon secures a guillotine choke submission against Merab Dvalishvili in their bantamweight fight at the Boardwalk Hall on April 21, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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  • Siyar Bahadurzada kicks Luan Chagas in their welterweight fight at the Boardwalk Hall on April 21, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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  • Corey Anderson punches Patrick Cummins in their light heavyweight fight at the Boardwalk Hall on April 21, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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  • Tony Martin punches Keita Nakamura in their welterweight fight at the Boardwalk Hall on April 21, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Kevin Lee def. Edson Barboza in their lightweight fight at the Boardwalk Hall on April 21, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Heading into UFC Fight Night 128, there was some question as to whether Frankie Edgar should be returning to the Octagon less than 50 days after suffering a brutal knockout loss to Brian Ortega.

“The Answer” proved he was more than up to the task, as he captured a three-round verdict in a rematch against Cub Swanson in Saturday’s co-headliner at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

“I know you were a little concerned about me jumping in there a little too quickly. I hope I didn’t scare you too much,” Edgar said in an interview on Fox Sports 1.

“I think there’s always a relief after a fight, especially after a W. I’m glad I’m back on track. It doesn’t erase that last loss, but it definitely makes it easier to get over.”

The former lightweight champion was supposed to have challenged Max Holloway for the featherweight belt at UFC 222, but Holloway was forced to withdraw from the contest due to injury. As a result, Holloway agreed to face Ortega in a title eliminator bout. Now, Ortega will challenge Holloway for 145-pound gold at UFC 226 in Las Vegas on July 7.

Edgar has been in numerous title fights throughout his promotional tenure, and he believes that his win over Swanson puts him right back near the top of the heap in the featherweight division.

“I do feel like I’m the guy,” Edgar said. “I’m No. 3 [ranked]. I did have that title shot with Max, he got hurt and I put it on the line against Ortega. I was doing well, he caught me with a shot I didn’t see. I’d love to run it back with Ortega if he wins or if Max stays the champion, I’d love a shot at Max.”

Regardless of who he faces next, expect Edgar to compete with a chip on his shoulder like always.

“I feel like I always have a point to prove and a statement to make,” Edgar said. “If you want to be at the top of the heap you’ve got to constantly put out good performances. That’s what I try to do. The last one didn’t go my way, but this one did.”

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