Frankie "The Answer" Edgar improved his record to 16-4-1 on Saturday night after defeating Charles "Do Bronx" Oliveira via unanimous decision at UFC 162.
In a fight that was much closer than many expected, Edgar's polished boxing and takedowns proved to be the difference. Edgar consistently landed cleaner, more effective combinations throughout the fight.
Oliveira was able to threaten Edgar at times, taking a round on one of the judges' cards, but he didn't quite do enough to upset the former lightweight champion.
Edgar stopped a three-fight losing streak with the win.
To say Edgar's three straight losses were respectable is an understatement. He dropped two very close decisions to UFC lightweight champion Benson "Smooth" Henderson and another decision to featherweight champion Jose "Scarface" Aldo.
By defeating Oliveira, Edgar proved his skid was just the product of coming up short against elite competition, not a drastic decline in skills.
This was the second loss in a row for Oliveira. He was knocked out by Cub Swanson at UFC 152, and he's now on a losing streak of his own.
At just 23 years old, the talented Brazilian still has an opportunity to turns things around in his career, but too many disappointing losses can weigh on the psyche.
With consecutive defeats, Oliveira must now try to rebuild his reputation against lower-level fighters to regain his status in the UFC.
As for Edgar, this win would suggest he's not necessarily on the downside of his probable Hall of Fame career. He's now in position to work toward another title shot against Aldo—or maybe even Henderson.
Edgar is one of the most magnetic stars in the UFC. His continued relevance is good for the promotion and the sport.
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