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Frankie Edgar: “He’s got something coming if he thinks this is going to be an easy fight.”

Nobody has ever questioned the toughness of UFC star Frankie Edgar. An undersized lightweight for most of his career, Edgar has been through a bevy of battles and come out on top more often than not. He’s also never been finished despite facing some of the top 155ers in MMA.

However, featherweight champion Jose Aldo seems to feel as though he’ll be the first to put Edgar away when the two tussle at UFC 156, and, at least based on some of his statements, he doesn’t even envision encountering much difficulty in doing so.

Though Edgar is aware of Aldo’s comments, he’s not taking them personally and letting emotions cloud his approach to strapping a new UFC belt around his waist.

“Everyone’s got to motivate themselves in their own way. He hasn’t fought in a year, so I think maybe he forgets how it is to be in there and needs to motivate himself,” said Edgar to Las Vegas Weekly about Aldo’s remarks, adding, “He’s got something coming if he thinks this is going to be an easy fight.”

The former lightweight title-holder also made it clear he has a ton of respect for the 21-1 Aldo’s skills regardless of his adversary’s assessment of his own abilities.

“He’s a great striker, fast and explosive. He’s got great knees and great kicks. He might be the most dynamic striker we have in the sport, right there next to Anderson Silva,” offered Edgar when asked to break down his opponent’s game.

Fans can catch the pairing between pound-for-pound contenders via PPV on February 2. Edgar will be making his featherweight debut in the bout, while Aldo is on a fourteen-fight winning streak.

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6 COMMENTS
  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I would be surprised if this didn’t go at least 4 full rounds and a split decision would not shock me either. Both these guys are tough and neither will quit. I expect a real war.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    Looking forward to this one for a while. Cant wait to see what Frankie can do at FW. This going to be a war but almost all of Frankies fights are so thats a given. Cant wait for this card. Its going to be great one

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    Im wondering what edgar would do if he loses this fight.

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  • So many questions surrounding this fight. What does Frankie do if he loses? Will the layoff affect Aldo’s cardio, mentality and judgement? I personally bthink Frankie will take a decision or get a late tko. Aldo struggled a bit with the boxing of hominick and Frankie is a much smoother boxer.and has cardio for days. If Edgar can keep Jose back peddling and defending takedowns He might.be the third to hold two separate weight class titles.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    I think Frankie is making the same mistake BJ made in the same scenario… Both fighters should have just stuck it out in LW and took 2 fights and challenged for thier belts back.

    Frankie could be LW champ again, he could have taken a fight or 2 at LW and went after Bendo again.

    At the time BJ could have been LW champ again after losing back to back to Edgar if he refocused and dived back into the division and got 2 quality wins and then challenged for the belt again.

    I’m not them and I’m not a fighter so who knows how they felt at the time.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Ideally, Frankie would have had to beat someone at 145 to earn his title shot, and in the meantime it might have been better if Aldo fought someone else first after his long layoff….but still, this should be a fantastic fight.

    If Aldo is able to catch Frankie early the way Maynard did, I think Aldo’s dynamic striking will allow him to seal the deal. But if that doesn’t happen, or Frankie manages to survive, then you’ve gotta think it starts to slide in Frankie’s favor the longer the fight drags on.

    I was initially leaning towards Frankie, as he’s hung with or beaten all the top guys at 155, but here’s what concerns me about Frankie…

    He’s 31 now – certainly not “old” but perhaps past his prime, as athletes tend to reach their physical peak around age 27. Aldo is 26. Granted, there’s more to being a successful fighter than physical tools, but it’s a very important component.

    He’s had several grueling fights these last couple of years, which will inevitably take their toll (29 rounds of action in his last 6 bouts).

    Cutting to 145 for the first time could also potentially impact him physically. He’s had plenty of time to adjust his diet/training, so it might be mostly a non-issue, but on the other hand it could lead to diminished strength and/or cardio.

    For Aldo, the long layoff could be an issue but overall there are fewer question marks with him, and I think Jose manages to retain his belt in what will hopefully be a FOY candidate.

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