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Morning Report: Frankie Edgar to continue at featherweight, wants five-round headliner against Cub Swanson

It didn’t take long for Frankie Edgar to make up his mind. Following his third straight title loss, the former UFC lightweight champion elected to continue his pursuit of Jose Aldo’s featherweight strap. Edgar is eyeing a five-round headlining fight against top contender Cub Swanson on an FX or FUEL TV card, our own Ariel Helwani reported on UFC Tonight. If that’s unavailable, Edgar also suggested a fight against either Swanson or Dennis Siver at UFC 160 — a fight card which happened to receive a few attractive additions late last night. Swanson currently rides a four-fight win streak; three straight knockouts of George Roop, Ross Pearson and Charles Oliveira, punctuated by electric victory over Dustin Poirier. Likewise Siver has racked up a perfect 2-0 record since dropping down from 155 pounds, earning decision victories over Diego Nunes and Nam Phan. Regardless of the route the UFC chooses, the bout will mark Edgar’s first non-title fight since 2009, a span that includes seven title challenges or defenses. A remarkable feat, no doubt. 7 MUST-READ STORIES Edgar wants Swanson, Siver. Former UFC champion Frankie Edgar will continue his pursuit of the featherweight belt, according to a report from UFC Tonight. Edgar hopes to return to action against Cub Swanson or Denis Siver. Cerrone uninjured after fall. UFC lightweight Donald Cerrone is fortunately uninjured after claiming to fall 40 feet while rock climbing. The wild man IS THROUGH, tweeted Cerrone, who is now fighting K.J. Noons at UFC 160. Marquardt steps in. Former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt signed on as a late replacement to fight Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158. Ellenberger’s initial opponent, Johny Hendricks, withdrew on Monday to fight Carlos Condit after Rory MacDonald suffered an undisclosed neck injury. TUF 17 results. Team Sonnen’s Kelvin Gastelum, the youngest competitor in TUF history, upset Team Jones’ Bubba McDaniel via second-round rear-naked choke on last night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter 17. Volkmann cut. Following his recent loss to Bobby Green, lightweight fighter Jacob Volkmann received his release from the UFC. Volkmann racked up a 6-2 record since dropping down from welterweight. Mayweather inks monster deal. Boxing superstar Floyd Money Mayweather, a longtime staple on HBO, inked a monstrous new contract with Showtime Networks Inc. and its parent company, CBS Corporation. The deal will see Mayweather fight up to six times over a period of 30 months — beginning with a bout against Robert The Ghost Guerrero — and is estimated to potentially become the richest individual athlete deal in all of sports. So perhaps Showtime won’t be missing Strikeforce too much. Invicta FC drug testing. Invicta Fighting Championships plans to implement random drug testing in advance of Invicta FC 5, which takes place April 5, 2013 and notably features the debut of Cris Cyborg. Fighters were notified in January of the new policy, which will be administered by an independent agency at all Invicta FC events moving forward. MEDIA STEW I normally try to avoid posting generic pre-fight interviews, but I must say, this one is fantastic. Tank Abbott is a national treasure. Two takeaways: 1.) Chael Sonnen apparently broke that man’s ribs. 2.) 21-year-old Jake Ellenberger! (HT: Reddit) The folks over at FightHub shadowed Ronda Rousey to capture this behind-the-scenes look at the UFC champ’s training camp in Big Bear. Frank Mir seems a tad uninterested in this. I think my head might have exploded if I had these as a kid. (HT: Bloody Elbow) FlyWin Evolutions returns to demonstrate why exactly they call this man Showtime. WHOA I guess you need to dance with death.. Just so you know how Precious life is! @danawhite the wild man IS THROUGH .#tooclosetoday #9lives ”” Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) February 20, 2013 Yes fell about 40 ft had 3 of my four anchors blow out! RT @_hatchy_: @cowboycerrone rock climbing incident? ”” Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) February 20, 2013 NOT GOOD Been out for 2 weeks w/ bronchitis. Gonna feels good to open the lungs up. Maybe. Probably not. I’ll be the guy wheezing in the corner ”” Jim Miller (@JimMiller_155) February 19, 2013 WHAT A 6-2 RUN GETS YOU Was just cut from the UFC today.I want to thank the fans, and say i gave it my all.No regrets. ”” Jacob Volkmann (@JacobVolkmann) February 20, 2013 @jacobvolkmann sorry to here that. U introduced me to my manager & helped me get in the UFC.I owe U. You’re still 1 of my favorite fighters! ”” Pablo Garza UFC (@PabloGarzaMMA) February 20, 2013 PARTING SHOT I knew you’d find a way out @johnyhendricks ”” Jake Ellenberger (@EllenbergerMMA) February 19, 2013 BLASTOISE IS THE ONLY CORRECT ANSWER Where your favorite #Pokémon? I think mine is Squirtle but then theres always Psyduck…… ”” Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) February 20, 2013 A REQUEST Please tweet @danawhite to upgrade @nickdiaz209 flight to Montreal from economy to business class! Not too much to ask for……

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