Frankie Edgar Online video Score: 4 / 5
Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC’s Featherweight fighter Charles Oliveira was slightly caught off guard when the UFC officials offered him the chance to take on Frankie Edgar. And although he was taken aback by the match makers’ decision to give him such a huge match, he made no hesitation in accepting the fight against the former UFC Lightweight champion.
Speaking to a local Mixed Martial Arts outlet, Oliveira made no qualms in stating that when the UFC officials got in touch with him to offer him the chance to take on Edgar, it would be safe to say that he was a bit surprised. He mentioned that Frankie Edgar is the second best fighter in the division after the reigning champion Jose Aldo and to be thought worthy enough to be scaled for a meeting against him is an honor in itself.
He mentioned that the upcoming bout, which will take place at UFC 162, will arguably be the biggest fight he has had in his career and the challenge is a huge one as well before adding that he is very happy with the fight. He mentioned that many people are already stating that he will get beaten but he wants to prove them wrong.
Oliveira, who dropped down to the Featherweight division just over a year back has a 2-1 record in the division. His two wins came via submission while the defeat was at the hands of title contender Cub Swanson back at UFC 152.
Frankie Edgar, on the other hand, has lost three of his last fights in the promotion. He dropped the UFC Lightweight Championship match against Benson Henderson before losing the rematch as well. He dropped down to Featherweight and in his first match, lost in a title match bout to Jose Aldo.
Frankie Edgar Video clip Rating: four / 5
Talks of a match between Cub Swanson and Frankie Edgar had been doing the rounds in the in-houses of the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC as a replacement main event for the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 17. However, that did not materialize but Edgar is ready to take on Swanson on any other pay per view or televised event of the UFC at any given date. Speaking to The MMA Hour, Edgar stated that he is only looking at Swanson as a number.
He went on to add that if he is the highest ranked fighter and he is available for a fight, then that is the fight that he wants. Frankie Edgar further stated that he has had seven fights in the last three years and in each of those fights, he has either defended his title belt or fought for the championship, and this makes him believe that he deserves a crack at a top fighter. He elaborated again that Cub Swanson is just a number to him, but he doesn’t know for sure what that number is at this moment.
And truly, the last seven fights that Edgar has had have really been big fights. After he lost the UFC Lightweight Championship and the ensuing rematch, he dropped down a weight class to Featherweight. The first fight that Frankie Edgar was given as a Featherweight was against Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship, and although he lost the match, he gave a good account of himself against one of the most dominant forces in the UFC.
Cub Swanson, on the other hand, has a 5-1 record in the UFC, three of those wins coming via knockout. He defeated Dustin Poirier last month with the UFC returning to England for a pay per view event.
Frankie Edgar Movie Ranking: four / five