“The Answer” needs a career reviving win

Three consecutive title fights. Three straight loses.

Dropping back-to-back-to-back fights in the UFC generally leads

to the unemployment line, but former UFC Lightweight champion

Frankie Edgar is obviously an exception given that his loses were

all to current champions. This is exactly why Edgar finds himself

precarious situation when he makes his way to the Octagon at UFC

162.

Frankie doesn’t come off as the kind of guy who is content to

simply be a high-level gatekeeper, so his fight with Charles

Oliveira has some serious implications for the future of his UFC

career. If Edgar comes out guns blazing and demolishes Oliveira,

what does that mean for him? Back to title contention against a man

he was defeated by not even five months ago? It’s not like he’s

better off jumping back up to 155lbs, as the UFC Lightweight champ

Benson Henderson was responsible for two of those last three loses

as well.

“The Answer” clearly can still hang with the big boys and would

give Aldo or Henderson fits on any given day, but much like Urijah

Faber, after multiple failed attempts to win back the strap he has

to do even more than before to secure another shot. Oliveira, who

is no slouch in his own right, is a good test for Edgar before

jumping back in with the sharks at 145lbs.  

Edgar’s career hangs in a delicate balance going into UFC 162,

but it seems as though he’s keeping his eye on the ball and

respecting the skills that Oliveira brings to the table. 

One way or another, let’s just hope that Edgar doesn’t end up

being part of a controversial decision again. Unless it ends up

resulting in a fight that even remotely resembles Edgar vs Maynard

III. That fight was AWESOME.

Oh, I can watch the full fight right here on this very page?

Nice.

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