UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo has only suffered defeat a single time in his 22-fight career with the lone loss coming seven years ago when he was still a teenager. Since the stumble, Aldo has picked up fourteen consecutive wins including those over accomplished competitors such as Mike Brown, Chad Mendes, Cub Swanson, Mark Hominick, Urijah Faber, and Kenny Florian. Equally impressive, Aldo has compiled his streak with relative ease.
Top contender Frankie Edgar is no slouch either, beating the likes of Gray Maynard, Sean Sherk, Jim Miller, and B.J. Penn during his time in the lightweight division. Despite his success, Edgar has no illusions about the challenge Aldo presents, seeing few if any flaws in the talented Brazilian’s game.
“I don’t know if there (are) many holes,” admitted Edgar in an interview with FightHub. “He’s obviously a phenomenal striker. He’s got good jiu-jitsu. You don’t really see it, but from what I hear he’s got good jiu-jitsu. I’ve seen some offensive wrestling and he’s tough to take down too. So his defense is pretty solid there.”
“I think if anything, maybe pace? I don’t know,” concluded Edgar, unsure of the best way to beat Aldo when the two fight in the coming months.
Edgar and Aldo were scheduled to face off last weekend at UFC 153 before the talented title-holder was forced to pull out of the bout due to injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident. They are expected to battle at some point soon, perhaps as early as December though more likely a month later based on the UFC’s schedule of events already being fairly defined for the remainder of 2012.
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