Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar is currently on a three fight losing streak, for some fighters they would be in danger of being cut, however his three losses have come by close decision to 2 of the top pound for pound fighters in the world Ben Henderson (twice), and to Jose Aldo.
Putting those decision losses in his rear-view mirror, “The Answer” will next step inside the Octagon on July 6, 2013 to face Charles Oliveira at UFC 162 in Las Vegas, Nevada. And with a win over the jiu-jitsu black belt in “Sin City,” Edgar hopes to get over the “bump in the road” on his way back to the top.
He talked to bleacher report about the upcoming fight:
“I just need to get back to my winning ways. I need to get back into a rhythm I guess you could say. It’s tough because I have three losses. Yeah, they were three pretty tight losses, and some people say I won some of those fights, but it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day I lost. At the same time, those losses came against some of the best fighters in the world. It sucks having three losses in a row, but I have to play it for what it is. I don’t think I had any bad performances in that run. There are some things I need to work on technically and strategically, but I feel like I’m still on my way up. This is just a bump in the road, and I’m going to get back on track. This fight is my opportunity to get that done and get back into the win column.”
Edgar will get that opportunity to ‘get back on track’ when he takes on Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira, who is coming off a loss of his own against the red hot Cub Swanson. Each man is in need of a victory, but one would have to think that the former champ has a good shot of getting the win and moving back toward title contention. The flip side to that is a fourth straight loss may spell the end of relevancy for a fighter once considered pound for pound one of the best.