MANILA, Philippines – Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar will try to end a three-fight losing streak when he takes on Charles Oliveira in a featherweight fight at UFC 162 in Las Vegas this weekend.
Edgar lost his lightweight title to Ben Henderson last year and failed to regain it in a rematch. He opted to move to featherweight, and was given a shot against champion Jose Aldo, but he lost via unanimous decision.
In an interview with ESPN.com, Edgar said he is fully focused on Oliveira, whom he called a “dangerous opponent.”
“(He is) long, rangy with a diverse striking game and slick, slick submission game. There are no easy fights in the UFC, and I’m prepared,” he said. “I’ve fought the best in my last seven fights – they were all title fights.”
“I will be ready for Charles,” he stressed.
Edgar is motivated not just to end his three-fight losing streak but to get back into the title picture as well.
“Your next fight is always the most important, so for me, everything is on the line,” he said. “I’m very competitive, and I want to win no matter what’s on the line.”
“The fight is one the line, and that’s just as important to me as a title. I want to win this fight just as much as I want to win a title,” he added.
Edgar said his goal is “always to be the champion,” whether it be at lightweight, featherweight, or even bantamweight.
“I really haven’t thought about what might happen in this division, or the lightweight division as things change,” he said. “I’m just worried about getting back to my winning ways and putting myself in position to fight for a title.”