UFC featherweight Frankie Edgar is five inches shorter than UFC 162 opponent Charles Oliveira but that won’t stop him from trying to bully the Brazilian when the two lock horns on Saturday night. Edgar needs to put on a solid performance at the event in order to re-establish his footing as an elite contender rather than risk his reputation turning to one of once great fighter on the downside of his career.
Edgar’s heart and overall ability will never be in doubt, but in reality he’s lost his last three tilts, and, though all were hard-fought efforts against current champions, Mixed Martial Arts has always been a results-oriented endeavor. It’s a truth Edgar has accepted and will actively attempt to prevent from coming to fruition this weekend in the Octagon.
“I try not to think about it because there’s enough pressure just stepping in there. I’m pretty critical and pretty hard on myself and I always want to win, so I try to get it out of my mind (losing) four in a row would be horrible,” said Edgar in an interview with the UFC’s website. “But I’m a realist too and I get it. I just gotta make sure I do what I do and it won’t happen.”
When it comes to how Edgar plans to approach Oliveira, “The Answer” pointed to his physicality and pace as keys to victory.
“I kinda gotta ‘son’ him. I’m the older guy, I’m the veteran, I’ve been in some pretty big fights, and I gotta show that experience and that demeanor,” explained Edgar. “And I’m gonna go there and be the one pushing him around.”
The 15-4-1 Edgar went 6-0-1 in the seven scraps before his recent skid with the run featuring notable wins over Sean Sherk, Gray Maynard, and B.J. Penn. In Oliveira, Edgar will face a well-rounded 23-year old with a 16-3 record including fifteen finishes. Interestingly enough, Edgar himself has never been submitted or stopped with strikes.