UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo was originally scheduled to defend his title against Erik Koch at UFC 153 on October 13, however Koch pulled out due to injury. With Koch out of the fight, former UFC Lightweight champ Frankie Edgar has stepped up to face Aldo.
Edgar, who is coming off a loss in his rematch against current UFC Lightweight champion Benson Henderson at UFC 150, will be making his debut at featherweight. Although Edgar has a chance to become the third fighter in UFC history to hold championships in two different weight divisions, Aldo will be very determined to beat Edgar, especially in his home country of Brazil.
While the old saying is “Anything can happen in MMA,” Aldo has the ability and motivation to beat the former lightweight champion
Striking and Damage
Edgar has faced some good strikers in the past like B.J. Penn and Gray Maynard, but, Aldo’s fists and legs combined with his killer instinct, makes the featherweight champion a very dangerous opponent.
Aldo’s most famous knockout was back in 2009 when he beat Cub Swanson in eight seconds after hitting Swanson with a double flying knee and punches.
There’s no denying that Edgar is as tough as they come. Just when it seems like he’s been beaten down, he makes a comeback and finishes the fight, win, lose or draw.
While Edgar did finish Maynard by knockout in the fourth round at UFC 136, it is only one of six finishes (three K.O.s, three submissions) Edgar has on his record. His other eight wins have come by way of decision.
Of Aldo’s 21 wins, 15 of those fights have been finishes, which is more than Edgar has wins. Although his UFC title defenses against Mark Hominick at UFC 129 and Kenny Florian at UFC 136 went to a decision, both challengers would not leave the octagon unscathed.
Hominick, who fought his heart out in the last two rounds would leave the octagon with swelling of the forehead and bleeding from the left side of his face.
After his fight with Aldo, Florian had difficulty training and would later announce his retirement in May 2012.
If Aldo can finish Edgar, he would make history by being the first fighter to finish Edgar.
One of the aspects of Aldo’s game that fans rarely see is his ground game because he’s usually fighting his opponents on his feet.
Aldo has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and trains with Black House with fighters like the Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Anderson Silva. In addition to his MMA accolades, he is a four-time BJJ champion and a one-time World jiu-jitsu champion.
If the fight goes to the ground, Aldo’s ground skills may be more than a match for Edgar’s wrestling and grappling.
As Aldo walked to the ring to face Urijah Faber back at WEC 48, commentator Joe Rogan said “You don’t want to face Jose Aldo in Brazil.”
There is no doubt that Aldo will have the support of his home countrymen as he stands across from Edgar. The Brazilian people are known for being passionate for their hometown fighters and while Edgar may earn their respect after the fight, the fans in the HBSC Arena will be cheering on their champion for the entire fight.
In addition to having the support of his fellow countrymen, Aldo has only lost once in the nine times he has fought in Brazil.
The last time Aldo fought in Brazil was in Rio de Janeiro at UFC 142, where he scored a knockout over Chad Mendes with one second left in the first round. After the knockout, Aldo left the octagon and celebrated with the crowd.
Aldo has yet to lose a fight in Rio de Janeiro.
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