Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor
Both guys started out active, mixing it up in some good exchanges, but it was Frankie Edgar who got the better of most. The American didn't land any crushing blows, but his straight right hand continually found a home on Charles Oliveira's chin, which was the difference.
Key stat: Edgar 51 percent to 32 percent edge in significant striking accuracy
More of the same from Edgar in Round 2 gave him an edge, which he solidified by mixing in some takedowns.
He was able to hit with some solid shots from top position, but Oliveira's dangerous ground game kept him in check. Still, he was able to put himself up two rounds to none with a strong showing in the second frame.
Key stat: Edgar two of four on takedown attempts
Edgar continued to get the better of the exchanges in Round 3 and nearly put Oliveira out at one point. But the tale wasn't one of big power punches and near finishes; it was Edgar's consistent, prodding assault.
Key stat: Edgar landed 34 significant strikes
Result: Edgar def. Oliveira via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Edgar implemented the strategy that made him a lightweight champion—he stuck and moved, and he mixed in takedowns when necessary to shut his opponent down.
It was a vintage performance for Edgar, who came up big when he desperately needed a win.
The difference in striking accuracy tells the tale best.
Key fight stat: Edgar 55 percent to 30 percent edge in significant striking accuracy
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