Frankie Edgar has become accustomed to five round fights in the past few years, so he’s revealed he’s actually relishing the fact that his UFC 162 encounter with Charles Oliveira is only going to a maximum of three.
“I think this is actually a blessing in disguise,” Edgar says in his pre-fight interview. “It’s gonna make me get off the gun early and make sure, first round, I’m in his face and I’m in that rhythm I like to be in in the fourth and fifth. When I get back to the title-fights I want to be able to do that right away in the first round so it’ll last all the way until the fifth.”
Looking back at his record, his last seven fights, which have all been for either lightweight or featherweight title bouts, have gone the full five rounds a total of six times.
His record during that period is just 3-3-1 which doesn’t look great, but considering the caliber of fighter he’s been facing and the close nature of every single one of those bouts it’s not so bad.
What many of those bouts have in common is that he would often get off to a bad start and then make up for it in the later rounds. He won’t have that comfort zone of rounds four and five this time around though, so it’s good for his sake that he’s acknowledging the fact that he needs to get off to a quick start.
Incidentally, by contrast, his opponent Oliveira has gone to a decision just once in his 20 fight career and tends to be quick off the blocks himself though so this is shaping up to be an exciting featherweight fight next weekend.
Watch Edgar’s full interview below.