Originally posted on hov-mma  |  Last updated 7/7/13

For Frankie Edgar, it was the first time the Jersey workhorse fought in a fight scheduled for three-rounds since he choked out Matt Veach at the TUF 10 season finale. Seven title fights later and he's back in the hunt with the rest of the sharks fighting their way to the top of the tank for a title shot, sharks like Brazilian sensation Charles Oliveira. Although the oddsmakers had Frankie as a sizeable favorite for the UFC 162 co-main event of the evening, you can never count out a guy who has finished men with moves like a reverse calf-slicer, KO slam, and an anaconda choke like Oliveira has. It's impressive resume and Edgar new that coming in. Would he be able to get back on track and find "The Answer"? The Stats: In the significant strikes category Edgar went 81-146 landing at a 55% clip while Oliveira's 38 for 125 was good for 30%. The former lightweight champion hit 2 out of 5 of his takedowns. Oliveira was unable to land on any of his 4 attempts. The Decision:  After dropping three in a row Edgar gets back on track improving his record to 16-4-1 with a 30-27, 29-28, 30-27 unanimous decision victory over Oliveria. The 23-year-old they call "Do Bronx" is now 16-4 (1 NC) after suffering the first two fight losing streak of his still young and promising fight career. What's Next? There is absolutely no need to give Edgar another title shot right away. His last seven fights before Oliveira were all five-round title affairs with the last three being of the heart breaking, and controversial losing variety. This three rounder against Oliveira was the perfect scenario for Edgar to get back on his feet. Edgar showed us that he's still a major threat with his speed, striking, cat like reflexes, and ability to just toss his opponents aside and have his way with them. He did this with larger opponents like current lightweight champion Benson Henderson, against Maynard after the initial scare(s) and even against Aldo in the latter rounds of their title fight. There were even times when Edgar played the part of the "Bully"himself  last night against the wiry and long Oliveira. Next up I'd like to see Edgar vs. Swanson in a five-round main event. Aside from the Anderson vs. Weidman fiasco these two men are the two major stories from last night. Cub's really put it all together recently and looks to be in the fighting prime of his career. He deserves a shot against a man like Edgar who would be the biggest win of his career and make him a true #1 contender for a title shot. For Edgar, a win over Swanson would give him another opportunity to become the third two-division champion in UFC history. For the fans that know MMA - it would give them a match up for the ages. As a matter of fact, Edgar vs. Swanson could sign a deal to fight each other exclusively until they retire and I don't think you'd hear anyone complaining. For Oliveira it's not necessarily back to the drawing board, but it's certainly not time for him to be calling out opponents or getting another co-main slot on a pay-per-view anytime soon. He just can't seem to beat that top ten guy when given the shot, but he did prove to us, and himself that he can hang with someone like Frankie for three-rounds and keep it exciting. With 21-fights under his belt at the ripe young age of 23 the sky is still the limit for this submission ace. I'd like to see him take a step back and face a guy like Rani Yahya. I'm not saying that Yahya is a pushover by any means, I just think it's a fight that works for Oliveira at this point in his career. He needs a couple of mid-tier guys before he gets back in the cage with the big boys. all stats via fightmetric

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