Once former UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar announced he was officially dropping down to 145 pounds it seemed like only a matter of time before the 30-year old New Jersey native would see action against featherweight title-holder Jose Aldo. That being said, few would have envisioned the bout would take place in six weeks with the backdrop of Brazil.
However, after an injury to top contender Erik Koch, it appears that will indeed be the case after it was revealed Edgar would meet Aldo in the main event of UFC 153. The card is scheduled for October 13 in Rio de Janeiro.
The news first surfaced by way of MMAJunkie, quoting UFC President Dana White as the report’s source.
“Obviously, we’ve had a rough couple of weeks here at the UFC, and then sure enough, I walk in to work today, and Erik Koch is hurt,” explained White. “But Frankie Edgar, being the stud and the warrior that he is, steps up and accepts this fight.”
Koch later went on Twitter to address the matter, writing, “I’m sorry guys this has been one crazy year for me…I just wanna thank all of you guys for the support means the world to me.”
Edgar will enter the fight on a two-fight skid at 155 pounds despite many feeling as though he did enough to earn nods in both decision losses, each of which came to current lightweight champion Benson Henderson. He holds an overall record of 14-3-1 including victories against Gray Maynard, Sean Sherk, and B.J Penn.
Comparably, Aldo is 21-1 and hasn’t lost since 2005 while racking up wins over the likes of Urijah Faber, Mike Brown, Chad Mendes, and Kenny Florian.
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