UFC 162: Frankie Edgar vs Charles Oliveira Preview

By Jeremy Green
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Gary A. Vasquez-USA Today Sports

UFC 162 features a pivotal featherweight bout between former lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, and the dynamic submission artist in Charles Oliveira. Both fighters will be looking to move up their divisional ladder, where Jose Aldo is currently sitting at the top. Both of these fighters possess some incredible skills, and they both are coming off losses, increasing the stakes for these dynamic bout.

Edgar has been one of the most dominant lightweight champions inside the UFC. He has used his crisp combinations, excellent footwork and his collegiate wrestling to stifle his opponents. He is better known for his battles with Gray Maynard, where Edgar would end up getting the TKO in their latest battle. Everything was going smoothly for Edgar until Ben Henderson squared up against him.

In both their bouts, Edgar came up on the losing end of a decision. However, they were controversial, as many fans and professionals favored Edgar. Regardless, Edgar decided to move down to the featherweight division, where he would challenge Jose Aldo, who is considered to be top-three pound-for-pound right now. He would end up losing a close decision, and now is trying to work his way back up to another title shot.

Squaring off against him is Oliveira, who is one of the most dynamic submission artists in the lighter weight classes. Some of his marquee wins are over Jonathan BrookinsEfrain Escudero and Darren Elkins. A win over Edgar would be his biggest to date, and would certainly shake up the featherweight division, which is shaping up as of late.

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