In the co-main event for UFC 162, an exciting featherweight contest between former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and the always dangerous Charles Oliveira. Both fighters were looking to put their name back in the title picture at 145-pounds and they would need to put on an exciting performance if they hoped to outperform Cub Swanson.
As you would expect, the fight began with a furious pace as both fighters were looking to get off first. Edgar was able to get dominant position on the ground first, but Oliveira is so dangerous off of his back that the former champ had to be cautious.
Oliveira remained active and used a scramble to work his way back to his feet where he nearly landed a devastating knee to the head of a lunging Edgar. His length appeared to create problems for Edgar, who was having issues getting inside the taller, longer fighter.
The pace continued throughout the first five minutes and gave fight fans a reminder of why the lighter weight classes are so exciting. It was much needed after the snoozer that took place between Tim Kennedy and Roger Gracie prior to this bout.
As you would expect from Edgar, the pace continued in to the second-round.
Edgar landed a takedown midway through the second and he was able to use the dominant position to land some ground-and-pound. Edgar’s footwork and speed was the difference in the second, as it always is, and he continued to just do enough to edge Oliveira in another round.
Oliveira came out in the third round with some extra pep in his step, but Edgar landed a heavy shot to slow him down. Oliveira took some time to recover and eventually got right back in Edgar’s face as they continued the unbelievable pace.
Edgar landed another heavy blow with just under two minutes left in the fight that wobbled Oliveira. Edgar kept the pace on and was looking to finish the fight in spectacular fashion with a wide variety of strikes that included wild haymakers and a flying knee.
When the final bell was sounded, the two fighters embraced as they showed their respects after a thrilling three-round war.
After the judges scorecards were tallied, Edgar had his hands raised in victory with scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 30-27.