UFC 162: July 6, 2013
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
UFC Featherweight Contender Frankie Edgar (-280)
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Profile: The closest fighter the UFC has to Rocky Balboa, Frankie “The Answer” Edgar (15-4-1) has surprised everyone with his never-say-die attitude and come-from-behind guttiness that has led him to victories over B.J. Penn (twice) and his arch-nemesis Gray Maynard. Winner of six Fight of the Night awards, Edgar comes out of Renzo Gracie’s East Coast fight team with a chip on his shoulder and a Jersey attitude that have turned him into one of the most impressive UFC champions since Jens Pulver. Opponents can never count Edgar out, and the 31-year-old former lightweight champ has fought for the 155-pound strap six times and the featherweight title once. Edgar is now desperately looking to end a three-fight losing streak after falling to featherweight champ Jose Aldo at UFC 156, and he will try to earn his first victory at 145 when he takes on Charles Oliveira at UFC 162.
UFC Featherweight Contender Charles Oliveira (+200)
Profile: Charles Oliveira (16-3, 1 No-Contest) may only be 23 years old, but the hard-hitter from Sao Paulo is a grizzled vet by MMA standards. He has already participated in 20 bouts and flaunts a solid and surprisingly well-rounded skill set for someone his age. He is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and routinely wins via submission (three-time Submission of the Night winner), but he has power in his fists and legs to spare. He is 4-3 in the UFC, with a submission win overturned to a NC after striking Nik Lentz with an illegal knee. Oliveira also recently missed weight prior to his bout against Cub Swanson and went on to lose via first-round knockout. The scariest part about Oliveira is that he is still learning and nowhere near his prime yet, but he needs to be more focused to realize his potential.