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“UFC Tonight” hosts Daniel Cormier and Kenny Florian offered up their thoughts concerning tonight’s UFC Fight Night 57 main event between featherweights Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson earlier this week.

The card airs on FOX Sports 1 from the University of Texas’ Frank Erwin Center.

For Swanson, the bout is of the utmost importance, as a title fight vs. Jose Aldo hangs in the balance. He has won six straight, including finishes of Dennis Siver, Charles Oliveira, Ross Pearson and George Roop.

“He has to dominate the ring,” Cormier said. “If he allows Frankie to fight at his pace, he will have a problem. He believes he’ll have the speed advantage, but Edgar is very fast. Cub also has to defend takedowns he has has to punch him. Frankie punches at a great pace. Frankie is more active than the other guys he fights.

“Cub has to use his reach. He has to keep it standing and keep Frankie from taking him down. He has to look for the finish and make a statement for the title shot.”

Florian, a former title contender, believes Edgar can use Swanson’s biggest assets against him. “The Answer” has scored back-to-back wins since a 2013 loss to Aldo for the belt.

“I believe Cub has the speed to stand with him, but sometimes Cub gets too aggressive,” Florian said. “And that opens him up to takedowns. With Frankie’s wrestling, he can’t do that. Edgar’s keys are he has to push the pace, utilize the angles and land the takedown.”

Predictions from the two can be found in the video below:

joe rogan

For Joe Rogan, the opportunity to sit Octagon-side on a Saturday night and call UFC action is a true thrill.

Rogan’s been doing it since 1997, going from interviewer to color commentator. He reflected on his career during a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight.”

“I do it out of joy, not as a job,” he said. “DC (Daniel Cormier), I am so excited about your fight with Jon Jones. I don’t like sports like football. I get bored. The stakes have to be really high. Mixed martial arts is the highest level of competition human beings can be in besides war.”

Rogan’s first UFC appearance came at UFC 12: Judgement Day in Alabama. The promotion has expanded since, and Rogan’s continued his stand-up comedy career along the way. That February event saw Mark Coleman defeat Dan Severn to become the first-ever UFC heavyweight champion, and also featured a soon-to-be titleholder in action named Vitor Belfort.

“I started off the post-fight interview at UFC 12 in 1997 and Vitor was there, and he’s still fighting,” Rogan said. “I don’t know how he keeps his motivation and not just training, but also mentally.”

Currently, the likes of Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor garner much of the headlines, and Rogan understands why.

“She’s not just a once in a lifetime athlete, she’s a once ever. She’s so dominant. She’s not just a really beautiful girl just getting by, she’s smashing people,” he said. “Conor McGregor is a dynamo, a great talker and is so confident. He has unique moves. He’s so loose and confident. He says he’ll knock people out in first round and does. He’s a legit superstar.”

yoel romero

Tim Kennedy is a fighting man. Always has been, always will be.

While Kennedy is currently recovering from surgery, he talked with Submission Radio about his most recent fight – a controversial loss to Yoel Romero.

Kennedy appeared to have the fight in hand, but Romero survived a late second round flurry. He came out in the third and finished Kennedy, but only after being given extra time to recover between rounds due to excess vaseline on his body.

Now that it’s been two-plus months, has Kennedy gotten over the whole ordeal? Not a chance.

“Nah I’m still pissed off, you know. At the sport, at the ref, but most importantly at myself. You know I made a huge mental error in that fight. I thought the fight was over a few different times. I thought I knocked him out when John (McCarthy) pulled me off him. And then after I knocked him out I’m sitting there on the stool, trying to figure out what’s going on. You know my corner’s celebrating, the fans are celebrating, I’m like ‘yeah it’s done, cool,'” Kennedy said. “I’m watching him telling John and his corner ‘no mas, no mas’ you know like ‘I’m done, no more, no more.’ And then me standing up when the bell sounds and walking over there and John telling me ‘Nope it’s done. Go back to your corner.’ So again I start celebrating. I’m like ‘whoa, yeah’ and then I turn around and we’re supposed to be fighting. You know, I had left the ring before that third round and I had left the ring when the third round didn’t start. When I was supposed to win. Which is a big error on my part. I should have stayed in there – evidently – obviously till I guess, I don’t know when.

“So I’m really disappointed at the sport, I’m really disappointed in John, I’m really disappointed in myself. So I’m gonna keep hunting. You know I got five more weeks of hunting season. I’m still training. I’m still doing two or three workouts a day when I’m not up in the mountains, but I’m not there yet.”

The loss snapped a four-fight win streak for Kennedy (18-5), and was his first defeat inside the Octagon. He had picked up wins over Roger Gracie, Rafael Natal and Michael Bisping upon coming over from Strikeforce in 2013.

Along with disappointment in himself over the Romero fight, Kennedy also voiced his displeasure with the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Conor McGregor

Despite the series of interesting questions directed towards him during a question-and-answer event in Brazil, UFC featherweight contender Conor McGregor would see no issue challenging Jose Aldo in the country.

McGregor, who is set to face Dennis Siver in January at UFC Fight Night from Boston, talked about such a fight during a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight.”

“I have no problem whatsoever fighting him in Brazil,” he said. “When I did the Q&A in Brazil, they were screaming at me. I love that. Passion is a beautiful thing and the Brazilian people are passionate people. I’m prepared where ever and whenever, just give me the date and the weight and I’ll show up.”

That passion has helped give McGregor a strong fan base in a short amount of time with the promotion. He is viewed as a cult hero in his native home of Ireland, where he previously held gold with the Cage Warriors promotion.

Following a first round stoppage victory over Dustin Poirier, McGregor was flown to Brazil to help promotion the recent UFC card. Some thought he might be pushed into a title fight, but instead, he’ll meet Siver.

“He’s a veteran. I think he’s a short, compact fighter,” McGregor said. “I believe his reaction time has remained the same over his career. I’ll look to capitalize on it. I will prepare, I will show up and I’ll get the job done.”

And while that title fight isn’t yet signed, “Notorious” isn’t too concerned. He knows that eventually his day will come.

“I don’t really pay attention to that. When they call, I show up. If a fight presents itself, I make a case for it,” he said. “I could wait for the title shot, but I knew there would be a wait, so I requested another fight. Competing is what I love to do and money is what I love to get.”

ufc 180

Fabricio Werdum won his first major MMA title Saturday night, becoming the interim UFC heavyweight champion after delivering a picture-perfect knee to Mark Hunt in the main event of UFC 180.

While most winners are unsure about what is next, Werdum knows: Cain Velasquez and a match to unify the belts.

Velasquez suffered a knee injury that required surgery a few weeks out from a planned fight with Hunt. He is expected to return in early 2015.

“When he’s 100-percent, I’d like to (fight Velasquez) in Mexico or in my city in Brazil,” said Werdum, during his post-fight interview on FOX Sports.

The first round of the scheduled five-rounder appeared to be dominated by Hunt, as he floored Werdum a couple of times. However, that all just led to the setup for the new champion.

“I faked a takedown and got the knee,” he said. “He knew I was going to take him down, so I faked one.

“This is a special one. I’ve waiting a long time for this one. I’m very happy. He punched very hard. I had two months preparing for this here in Mexico. He was very strong in the first round and he’s very smart guy. I watched him in K-1 and I trained very hard.

Werdum (19-5-1) has won five straight since a 2011 decision loss to Alistair Overeem, and he is 8-1 overall since his first stint in the UFC ended with a TKO loss to Junior dos Santos. UFC president Dana White talked about that moment after seeing Werdum’s performance on Saturday.

“That’s the way it works. You fight in the big show and lose, get cut, go fight in other organizations and make it back some day,” he said. “At the time, I never thought Fabricio would be back, but that’s how it works.”

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