Frankie-Edgar-UFC-144-pre-press-1Former UFC champion Frankie Edgar will do something he hasn’t done in years when he faces Charles Oliveira in a featherweight match-up at UFC 162 on July 6 in Las Vegas.  He’ll compete in a non-title fight for the first time since 2009, and hopes a win over Oliveira will move him closer to another championship bout.

“One step closer toward a title shot,” said Edgar when asked what a win over Oliveira would mean.

Oliveira (16-3, 1 No Contest) is 2-1 as a featherweight and nine of his 16 wins have come by submission.

“I think he’s a dangerous fighter, long and rangy with slick submissions,” Edgar said about his opponent in a chat on UFC.com.  “I guess his slick submission game might be the biggest threat.”

Edgar made his featherweight debut at UFC 156 on Feb. 2, losing to champion Jose Aldo by decision.  His speed and footwork was an advantage for him in the lightweight division, and he doesn’t believe anyone at 145 pounds is going to have a speed advantage over him.

“I don’t know if I have an advantage, they’re all lighter fighters, but I don’t think I’m outclassed in speed by anyone though,” he said.

To Edgar, everyone he faces is dangerous, including Oliveira.

“I’m nervous for everybody. Everybody possesses something to be weary of,” said the former champion.

UFC 162 takes place on July 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and his headlined by the middleweight title bout between champion Anderson Silva and top contender Chris Weidman.

Be sure to Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Fight Night 92 Results: Dennis Bermudez Dominates Rony Jason, Calls Out Frankie Edgar

  • 20 days ago
  • 9 views

Eight-ranked featherweight Dennis Bermudez logged a dominating performance in the UFC Fight Night 92 co-main event on Saturday in Salt Lake City. read news >>

Eddie Alvarez determined to make a difference as champ

  • 17 days ago
  • 0 views

Eddie Alvarez is already giving back to the Philadelphia community as he hopes to inspire young people and others to strive for their dreams. Alvarez won the UFC lightweight title against Rafael Dos read news >>

UFC on Fox 21 Road to the Octagon Video: Anthony Pettis vs. Charles Oliveira

  • 4 days ago
  • 15 views

The UFC on Fox 21 co-main event features former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis making his featherweight debut against aggressive finisher Charles Oliveira. read news >>

Jake Butler Hopes Drop to Middleweight Helps Secure Long-Awaited Title Shot

  • a day ago
  • 4 views

On a four-fight winning streak, Jake Butler hopes drop to middleweight at ONE: Titles & Titans helps earn a shot at the belt. read news >>