UFC featherweight Frankie Edgar has seen a dramatic shift in his career’s momentum since emerging as a pound-for-pound contender a few years back. Currently, the 31-year old former champion is trying to avoid a four-fight losing streak after falling in title-fights to Benson Henderson (X2) and Jose Aldo, putting both his hopes at an opportunity to win gold and his reputation on the line this coming weekend at UFC 162.
Edgar recently spoke to MMAJunkie about the current status of his career, saying he hadn’t lost any faith in his future prospects simply because he’d lost three fights to two of the sport’s elite competitors.
“I’ve been there before and I could’ve packed it in, but I chose not to. That’s just what I’m doing here. I’m working my way back, and I’m keeping things positive,” explained Edgar after recalling past situations where he’d come up short.
The first step in Edgar’s quest for another UFC belt will come against Charles Oliveira. Though he isn’t the biggest name or even higher ranked than “The Answer”, Edgar isn’t underestimating the young Brazilian in part based on his ability to relate to him.
“I think he’s a very dangerous opponent. When he first came in (to the UFC), people were talking about him being the next big thing. So just because he had a couple setbacks himself doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the talent and the ability to be one of the top guys in this weight class,” assessed Edgar. “I prepared to be able to handle everything. I’m confident in my jiu-jitsu and my preparation for this fight with his jiu-jitsu. So wherever we go – if we go down, I’m going to go for it. But I’m going to put myself in the best position to win and we’ll see what happens.”
Despite the losses Edgar is still 15-4-1 including past wins over Gray Maynard, Sean Sherk, and B.J. Penn. Oliveira holds an overall record of 16-3 and has finished all but one of the opponents he’s beaten.