It’s been more than three years since UFC featherweight Frankie Edgar fought without a championship being on the line. That respectable run is set to end next weekend when Edgar collides with Charles Oliveira at UFC 162 in a bout ripe with a different kind of pressure. Not only is Edgar out to prove he still belongs in the discussion for top contendership, but he has two less rounds to work with than what the 31-year old has dealt with over his last seven scraps.

However, Edgar is actually excited about the challenge in front of him, recently telling the UFC he expects the outing to help him in the long run when it comes to becoming the 145-pound king.

“I think this is actually a blessing in disguise,” explained Edgar. “It’s gonna make me get off the gun early and make sure, first round, I’m in his face and I’m in that rhythm I like to be in in the fourth and fifth. When I get back to the title-fights I want to be able to do that right away in the first round so it’ll last all the way until the fifth.”

“I will defeat Charles Oliveira, not go home disappointed,” he promised.

Edgar will be looking to avoid a four-fight skid when he faces Oliveira. He holds an overall record of 15-4-1 including success against Gray Maynard, Sean Sherk, and B.J. Penn.

The interview with Edgar can be seen below: