A common assumption pertaining to Frankie Edgar’s decision to drop down from 155 pounds, where he held UFC gold, to compete as a featherweight is that “The Answer” will excel based on bouts against similarly sized opponents rather than those with superior physical proportions. However, one aspect often discounted in the equation is how the move will affect Edgar relating to speed.
Featherweight king Jose Aldo, on the other hand, has not lost sight of the role Edgar’s quickness played in his success as a lightweight and sees it as only being average when relegated to a division full of fast fighters.
“I think Edgar will lose a little bit of his speed at 145 pounds. At 155 pounds his speed made a big difference for sure but at 145 pounds I don’t see any difference between him and the other fighters,” said Aldo in an interview with Bleacher Report.
Regardless of how big an impact the change has on Edgar, Aldo is still extremely excited about an opportunity to prove himself against a former champion and an adversary with Edgar’s reputation for toughness.
“The UFC made me very happy giving me this fight right now. It is a pleasure to fight with Edgar inside my country. I think this is going to be the fight of the year,” glowed Aldo. “It is a great opportunity to show everyone I’m the best. I will be looking to finish the fight at all times.”
Edgar and Aldo are set to scrap on October 13 in Rio de Janeiro at UFC 153. The fight will mark Edgar’s featherweight debut, while Aldo is 11-0 at 145 pounds under the Zuffa banner including five title-defenses and a slew of stoppages.
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