Frankie Edgar didn’t have to wait long to hear from Jose Aldo. Less than a week after the two featherweights were formally booked to rematch on July 9 at UFC 200, Aldo went on the offensive, telling reporters in Rio de Janeiro that Edgar’s game has stagnated since Aldo eked out a decision win over the former UFC lightweight champion in early 2013.
The early jab surprised Edgar, as Aldo has historically shied away from trash talking opponents, however Edgar simply chalks it up to Aldo trying to replicate the loquacious approach of UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
“You’re seeing it across the board in all weight classes,” Edgar said. “Guys are getting more vocal. They’re just seeing what it’s done for Conor, so they’re trying to kind of make their voice heard. I think that’s what Aldo is doing.
“Arguably, you could say I haven’t lost a round since me and Aldo fought. He’s just been in some either pretty boring (fights), or wars since our fight. So, I think I’m the one who looks like he’s evolved more than Aldo has. So yeah, I don’t know. I think he’s just talking the fight up.”
With McGregor electing to rematch Nate Diaz in a welterweight non-title contest at UFC 200 rather than defending his featherweight title, Edgar and Aldo were forced to settle on a glorified No. 1 contender match against one another with an interim belt on the line. The outcome is far from ideal, but still an opportunity that Edgar has coveted since his close championship loss to Aldo at UFC 156.
Edgar has argued for years that he won that fight, which was Edgar’s first ever at featherweight. While Edgar came on strong as Aldo faded late, all three judges unanimously scored the contest ….View full article
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