UFC 162: Frankie Edgar looks to get over ‘bump in the road’ with win over Charles Oliveira in Las Vegas

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Can Frankie Edgar avoid his fourth straight loss inside the Octagon when he faces Charles Oliveira at UFC 162 on Fourth of July Weekend?

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar is currently sitting on a three-fight losing streak.

Pretty hard to believe, right?

Especially considering "The Answer" was sitting pretty at the top of the 155-pound division one year ago before losing two consecutive title fights to current champion Ben Henderson.

After finally making the drop down to the featherweight division, Edgar came up short in his bid to dethrone current 145-pound champ Jose Aldo at UFC 156.

Putting those decision losses in his rear-view mirror, Frankie will next step inside the Octagon on July 6, 2013 to face Charles Oliveira at UFC 162 in Las Vegas, Nevada. And with a win over the jiu-jitsu black belt in "Sin City," Edgar hopes to get over the "bump in the road" on his way back to the top.

His words to Bleacher Report:

"I just need to get back to my winning ways. I need to get back into a rhythm I guess you could say. It's tough because I have three losses. Yeah, they were three pretty tight losses, and some people say I won some of those fights, but it doesn't matter. At the end of the day I lost. At the same time, those losses came against some of the best fighters in the world. It sucks having three losses in a row, but I have to play it for what it is. I don't think I had any bad performances in that run. There are some things I need to work on technically and strategically, but I feel like I'm still on my way up. This is just a bump in the road, and I'm going to get back on track. This fight is my opportunity to get that done and get back into the win column."

As the pressure to obtain the ever-elusive win mounts, Frankie is as cool as a cucumber, saying once his "back is against the wall" and everything is "stacked against him," that's when greatness finds its way through.

And he'll need to do something great to get through "Do Bronx," who has proved he is far from a pushover despite coming up short to the streaking Cub Swanson in his last outing.

While both men desperately need a victory, it's safe to say the pressure is solely on the shoulders of Edgar -- who was once considered to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport by UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre -- because a fourth straight loss for "The Answer" could prove disastrous for his quest back to the top.

Can he get it done?

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