Frankie Edgar is getting back inside the cage for UFC 162, and he will be squaring off against the dynamic grappler Charles Oliveira. On paper, this will be a much more manageable fight for Edgar given that he has been fighting championship fights for years now. This will be a three-round fight, and it will be interesting to see how his tactics change, since he doesn’t have to go hard for 25 minutes.
Edgar will be looking to erase the bitter taste of defeat in his last performance, which came at the hands of pound-for-pound great Jose Aldo. In the bout, Edgar rallied in the latter rounds, which is something fans have come to expect from him — just see his fights with Gray Maynard. However, the judges ultimately gave the decision to Aldo, forcing Edgar to rethink his career as a fighter.
With Edgar coming off back-to-back losses, Oliveira has the chance to pull off a major upset and put his name on the map in the featherweight division. Oliveira has looked great since dropping down to this division, and defeated Jonathan Brookins in spectacular fashion with a anaconda choke. It’s finishes like these that truly make him a threat on the ground, so Edgar will have to be on his toes.
The featherweight division is currently being reigned by Aldo, but a win over Pettis might force him to move up to lightweight. This decision will free up the division, giving Edgar and Oliveira a chance to put their name in the mix in hopes of becoming a champion.