Minus a few fleeting moments, UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo hasn’t revealed any real weaknesses inside the Octagon. He’s quick, powerful, and precise with stand-up supported by good grappling. His record also backs the notion of relative invincibility (21-1 including wins in his last fourteen fights).
The difficulty in defeating Aldo is not a concept that’s been lost on Frankie Edgar during his preparation to face the 145-pound king in February at UFC 156. While Edgar isn’t sure how successful any specific technique will be against Aldo, “The Answer” plans to keep throwing everything he has at the 26-year old Brazilian until one of the two breaks.
“I’m going to do it all. I don’t like to go in there saying I’m going to do one thing. I’m a mixed martial artist and I feel I’m well-rounded enough to take the fight wherever it needs to be,” said Edgar in an interview with MMAFightCorner. “I think I can stand with pretty much anybody, I think I can wrestle with anybody and I feel I can compete on the floor with jiu jitsu with anybody. He’s definitely a tall task in an opponent, but I just think fighting guys at the caliber fights I’ve had throughout the years has only got me better and I think Jose will do that as well.”
“It’s tough to really put any chinks in any of these guys armor that are at this high level now,” he concluded. “I just think I’m going to have to push him and test his mettle. I think that’s what I do well, I push the pace and that’s what I’m going to have to do in this fight for sure.”
Having never been finished in his career despite facing a gamut of greats, Edgar has shown himself to be one of the UFC’s most durable fighters and definitely has what it takes to solve the riddle of beating Aldo. He holds an overall record of 14-3-1 with wins over the likes of Gray Maynard, Sean Sherk, and B.J. Penn.
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