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  “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 on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Edgar and Mendes disagree on waiting for featherweight title shot

  • a day ago

Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes agree the winner of their headliner at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale should get the next title shot. Where they differ is on what they should do if that isn’t the case. read news >>

Rose Namajunas vs Paige VanZant & Frankie Edgar vs Chad Mendes UFC Media Call (Audio)

  • a day ago

Rose Namajunas, Paige VanZant, Frankie Edgar, and Chad Mendes field questions from the media ahead of UFC Fight Night 80 and the TUF 22 Finale. read news >>

LaRue Burley Hopes to Emerge from Reserve Bout and Enter WSOF 8-Man Tourney

  • 11 days ago

A reserve fighter in the WSOF eight-man lightweight tournament, LaRue Burley hopes to emerge healthy and get a shot at the tourney title. read news >>

Mike Ricci Hopes to Resuscitate a Bad Year in WSOF 8-Man Tourney

  • 14 days ago

UFC veteran Mike Ricci looks to resuscitate a rough 2015 when he steps into the WSOF eight-man, one-night lightweight tournament on Friday. read news >>

Chad Curry Hopes a Big Win at RFA 32 Puts Him in Running for Title Shot

  • 25 days ago

Undefeated lightweight Chad Curry hopes an impressive win at RFA 32 puts him in the mix for a title shot. read news >>

Chad Mendes Thinks Frankie Edgar is Being ‘Screwed,’ but Also Sees Opportunity

  • 26 days ago

Chad Mendes believes Frankie Edgar has been getting the short end of the stick in the 145-pound divison for some time, but also sees their bout as a huge opportunity. read news >>