Frankie Edgar, Charles Oliveira, Cub Swanson and Dennis Siver Join the Cast of UFC 162
Two featherweight bouts have been added to the July event. The former UFC lightweight champion Edgar will fight for the second time at featherweight against Charles Oliveira. Top contenders Swanson and Dennis Siver will also square off.
UFC officials announced the matchups on Thursday with MMAjunkie.com reporting the news.
UFC 162 takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on July 6. The headlining fight features UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva defending his title against highly touted prospect Chris Weidman.
Though still considered to be one of the best fighters in the world, Edgar is currently riding a three-fight losing streak. After failing to reclaim the lightweight title in his immediate rematch with champion Benson Henderson at UFC 150, Edgar made the long anticipated drop to 145-pounds to challenge Jose Aldo for his featherweight title. Edgar came up short on the judges’ scorecards, but had decided to remain in the featherweight division. The last time the Edgar competed in a non-title fight was in a December 2009 bout with Matt Veach.
Like Edgar, Oliveira made the cut to featherweight after being outsized at lightweight. The drop in weight proved fruitful as he opened his featherweight career with stoppage wins over TUF 11 winner Jonathan Brookins and Eric Wisely. However, his most recent outing ended in a knockout loss to Swanson at UFC 152.
The Siver vs. Swanson matchup carries much more weight within the division’s ranks. The winner of this fight could possibly find himself next in line for a featherweight title shot or for a title elimination fight against the winner of Ricardo Lamas vs. Chan Sung Jung at UFC on FOX 6. Siver and Swanson were originally scheduled to meet at UFC on FUEL TV 7, but Siver was forced to withdraw due to injuriy. In the UFC’s official featherweight rankings, Swanson is ranked fifth and Siver is ranked sixth.
In returning to the UFC for his second stint, Siver went 9-2 at lightweight. After his loss to the much taller Donald Cerrone at UFC 137, Siver made the drop to featherweight and is currently riding a two-fight win streak by defeating Diego Nunes and Nam Phan.
Swanson, an import from the WEC, has always struggled when facing the division’s top fighters. He lost in his UFC debut to Lamas via arm-triangle at the first UFC on FOX event. Since then, the Jackson's MMA trained fighter seems to have hit his stride, racking up wins knockout and TKO wins over George Roop, Ross Pearson and Oliveira. In his last fight, Swanson earned a unanimous decision over currently ranked seventh featherweight Dustin Poirier.