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“The Answer” is coming home! Frankie Edgar faces Cub Swanson in a rematch at UFC Atlantic City

New Jersey’s Frankie Edgar will step into his own backyard for a chance at redemption

Roll out the red carpet folks, Frankie Edgar is coming home! The Toms River, New Jersey native will hope to get back on track as he faces Cub Swanson in a rematch at UFC Atlantic City. ESPN was the first to report the news.

Edgar (22-6-1) will be going through a quick turnaround. “The Answer” last fought a few weeks ago at UFC 222, in a losing effort to Brian Ortega in the first round. It was the first knockout loss of his career. An injury to Max Holloway delayed a title opportunity for Edgar, forcing the UFC to change plans once again. He accepted a fight against Ortega, but ended up losing an important bout, costing him contendership.

Before the Ortega fight, Edgar won two in a row, and seven of his last eight fights.

Edgar has a chance to fight in front of his family and friends against a familiar opponent. The 36-year old faced Swanson (25-8) at UFC Fight Night 57 in 2014, beating him via submission. Since then, Swanson has gone 4-2. His last fight was also a losing effort against Ortega at UFC Fight Night 123 in December. This will be the first fight under his new deal with the UFC after testing the free agency pool.

This clash of the featherweights should be pretty special, especially given the circumstances. Edgar could be given the full Chris Weidman treatment, even if he’s not in the main event. Don’t be surprised if fans make a petition for New Jersey’s son to main event the card. If you recall, injuries and losses left Weidman’s future unclear. He came back home to Long Island for UFC on FOX 25 and defeated Kevin Gastelum. If things go according to plan, Frankie Edgar can walk out a true hero. Don’t count out the 34-year old Swanson. He will look to even the score any way he can.

UFC Fight Night 128 takes place on April 21st at Boardwalk Hall. The card will feature several local athletes, including Pennsylvania’s Patrick Cummins v. Corey Anderson and New York’s David Branch against Thiago Santos. Other premiere fights include Uniondale’s Aljamain Sterling v. Brett Johns, Lindenhurst’s Ryan LaFlare v. Alex Garcia and hometown hero Jim Miller v. Dan Hooker. The main event of the show will feature Kevin Lee v. Edson Barboza in a lightweight bout. You won’t want to miss it!

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