Former UFC champion Frankie Edgar hasn’t tasted victory since a 2011 knockout of Gray Maynard.
Since that time, Edgar has dropped the UFC lightweight title, moved to featherweight, and suffered a championship defeat at the hands of Jose Aldo in his new weight class.
This coming Saturday night, “The Answer” will compete in a non-title fight for the first time since 2009 when he faces Charles Oliveira at UFC 162. It will be the co-main event.
While some fighters might be concerned about remaining in a slump, Edgar believes he has experienced enough adversity to know what it will take vs. Oliveira.
“I’ve been there before and I could’ve packed it in, but I chose not to,” said Edgar, in a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com. “That’s just what I’m doing here. I’m working my way back, and I’m keeping things positive.”
All three of Edgar’s (15-4-1) recent losses have been decision ones, including a split scorecard in his quest to reclaim the UFC 155-pound title from Benson Henderson last August.
As for Oliveira (16-3), Edgar says he is “a very dangerous opponent. Just because he had a couple of setbacks himself doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the talent and ability to be one of the top guys in this weight class.”