The UFC's featherweight title picture just cleared up.
Cub Swanson, he of the six-fight winning streak heading into UFC Fight Night Austin, is vanquished. And he went out not with a bang but a whisper, the victim of yet another stifling Frankie Edgar performance.
Swanson strolled to the cage full of confidence, and his first-round performance showed glimpses of the fighter he has become since the first time he lost to Jose Aldo. But that confidence was mostly gone by the end of the second round after Swanson spent the better part of five minutes drowning underneath Edgar's relentless quicksand style.
With Edgar having dispatched the only legitimate contender to the featherweight championship, the way forward is clear.