This Saturday July 6, the UFC is live in Las Vegas for UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman. In the night's co-main event, Frankie Edgar (15-4-1 MMA; 9-4-1 UFC) takes on Charles Oliveira (16-3(1) MMA; 4-3(1) UFC). This Featherweight fight is the fourth of five on the UFC 162 PPV card. The UFC rankings have Edgar as the #3 contender at Featherweight, with Oliveira unranked. UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman airs live on PPV this Saturday July 6, with the main PPV card beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.
In a stacked card, this is perhaps a slightly odd choice for the co-main event. This one seems built primarily as a showcase fight for Edgar. The former UFC Lightweight champion is looking for a rebound win here, and the less experienced, but still dangerous Oliveira got the call up. This will be a battle of Edgar's wrestling and boxing vs. Oliveira's jiu jitsu - a classic MMA battle of styles.
How do these two stack up?
Edgar: 31 years old | 5'6" | 68" reach
Oliveira: 23 years old | 5'10" | 73" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
There was once a time when Frankie Edgar was UFC Lightweight champion and had only 1 blemish on his pro career - a loss to Gray Maynard which he had avenged in spectacular fashion. But the past few years have not been kind to The Answer, who has lost 3 in a row now (and has only won one fight since summer 2010). After losing the belt to Ben Henderson, he made the drop to Featherweight, losing to Jose Aldo. There are many who still consider Edgar one of the best in the world, but he needs to prove it again, and he needs to do it right now.
Charles Oliveira came to the UFC as a young jiu jitsu prodigy. Liek Edgar, he started his career strong, going 14-0, but has struggled lately, winning 2 of his last 6. When he wins, it's incredible, highlight reel stuff, as Eric Wisely and the calf slicer clearly showed. But when he's off, he has shown himself to be susceptible to big, powerful fighters. He's currently 2-1 since making the drop down to Featherweight, but it also should be noted that he failed to make weight in his last outing against Swanson.
Why should you care?
Edgar is in a dire, must-win situation here, and he's the kind of tenacious fighter who I suspect will turn it on with his back to the wall. This could be really good.