Edgar vs Aldo 2: The Battle of Titans

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On December 12, 2015 the unthinkable happened when the UFC’s biggest star of the present, the 27 year old young Irish superstar, The Notorious Conor McGregor put the then pound for pound No#1 fighter, the UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo to sleep in just thirteen seconds with just one left hook and two hammer fists and handed him his first loss since 2005. This made Conor McGregor only the second man ever to become a UFC Featherweight Champion as he dethroned the first man Jose Aldo.

Jose Aldo is without a doubt the best featherweight of the world till now. His record stands at 25 wins, 2 losses. His first loss took place in 2005. He then went on to compile a streak which lasted 10 years. His second and perhaps the bitterest loss occurred on December 12, 2015 at UFC 194 when he lost in just 13 seconds via knockout. This not only ended his 10 year long undefeated streak but also took his 7 year long Featherweight championship reign from him.

Jose Aldo is known for his strength, speed, and extremely good takedown defense, swift and powerful striking especially vicious kicks to the body as well as his highly under-rated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is very dangerous in opening round of the fight as he always enters the cage all guns blazing. Usually, he starts slowing down at the end of third round, starts breathing with his mouth open most probably because of cardio shortage. We have rarely seen Aldo shooting for a takedown on his opponent. He possesses a very diverse set of weapons in his arsenal that includes spinning elbow, superman punch, leg kicks, body kicks, spinning back knee and many others that make him a very well-rounded fighter. We have seen Aldo’s powerful leg kicks on full display during his bout with Urijah Faber in WEC as well as with Frankie Edgar in their previous contest at UFC 156.

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Frankie Edgar is the Rocky Balboa of Mixed Martial Arts. He is a former UFC Lightweight Champion with a record of 20 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw. He is the #2 in official UFC rankings behind Jose Aldo who is the #1. Right now he is on a five fight win streak. His recent victories include a decision victory against Charles Oliveira, a TKO victory over B.J. Penn, a submission victory over Cub Swanson, a decision victory over Urijah Faber and a first round KO over top featherweight contender Chad Mendes.

What Frankie Edgar brings to the table is athleticism, very fast movement, precise striking, elite level wrestling, endless cardio, a very under0rated submission game and most importantly his endurance. He has never been knocked out or submitted in his entire career and all his losses are via unanimous or split decisions.

Last time when Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar fought, it was at UFC 156. Jose Aldo won that bout via unanimous decision. Jose Aldo did better in the first two rounds and as it has been mentioned earlier that Aldo starts slowing down at the end of third round and this is exactly what happened. It has been mentioned that Frankie Edgar is one of the most well-conditioned athletes in MMA and that is exactly when Edgar’s endless gas tank and his speedy movement came into play as both these qualities made it very difficult for the champion to catch the challenger with his powerful strikes. As a result Frankie Edgar started landing at the end of third round and it continued in the later rounds as he took the champion down twice although he could not do much with those positions but it made him the only man to take Aldo down twice in a single fight. However, Jose Aldo ended on a high as he delivered a big superman punch before the finishing bell and then did a good job of acting as if he had won the fight in a decisive fashion, by celebrating his victory before the decision. Moreover, the damage on the face and the legs of Edgar also played a big role and therefore the decision went in favor of Aldo who successfully defended his Featherweight title.

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Now, Aldo is no longer champion and so is Edgar but both of them have the mindset of a champion therefore they are chasing the featherweight title. If Aldo wins against Edgar, he wins the Interim Featherweight Championship and he gets a chance to seek his revenge by beating the man who took his title at UFC 194. If Edgar wins the Interim belt by beating Aldo at UFC 200, he gets a shot at the Featherweight title against Conor McGregor as well as an opportunity to become only the third UFC fighter in the history to win titles in two different weight classes. Only one of them will face The Notorious. Will it be Aldo or will it be Edgar? Find out at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016.

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