Frankie Edgar came into UFC 162 with a sense of desperation. He needed a win against Charles Oliveira and he needed it badly, as he was on a three-fight losing streak. Another loss could spell the end of his title shots once and for all, so it was a do-or-die situation.
In the first round, Edgar started things off right, landing some quick shots and the popping back on the outside. He got some great takedowns in the first two rounds. Oliveira battled back, however, threatening Edgar with a deep guillotine near the end of round two, which certainly could have been worse if he would have gotten it earlier.
Edgar continued to keep the pressure on in round three, where he finally started to land some good rights. Oliveira showed his toughness, though, and it’s clear he still has plenty of time to grow as a fighter. Edgar ended up getting a unanimous decision, and he is right on track for another shot at the featherweight championship.
Also a victor at UFC 162, Cub Swanson took out the dangerous striker in Dennis Siver. It was an impressive performance, and maybe fans will see Swanson face Edgar next in the featherweight division. Both fighters are coming off wins, and the winner could potentially face the winner of the Jose Aldo vs. Chan Sung Jung bout.
Edgar has always been an exciting fighter to watch, and this was on full display at UFC 162. He never stops his relentless pace, and it will be good to see him continue his climb to the top of the division again.