Despite his success at 155 pounds, former UFC champion Frankie Edgar was constantly seen as an underdog due to his relatively small size in comparison to many of his lightweight peers. Now a 145er, things haven’t changed much given Edgar’s divisional debut involves featherweight title-holder Jose Aldo.
The 21-1 Aldo has had his hand raised in fourteen consecutive clashes including wins over widely respected adversaries including Urijah Faber and Kenny Florian. He’s also seen as one of the top pound-for-pound competitors in MMA.
“I don’t think I have been in a fight where I have been the favorite. For me this is just what I’m used to. It’s my normal role,” confessed Edgar in an interview with MMAWeekly. “I’m going to come here and I’m going to show up for a fight. There’s never been a fight I haven’t been prepared for and I haven’t showed up for, and it’s going to be no different come February 2.”
During the build up to the bout Aldo and his camp have made a handful of comments directed at Edgar many might perceive as disrespectful, questioning his speed and speaking bout the likelihood of a knockout in the bout. Rather than fire back, Edgar has bit his tongue and let his aggression out in the gym while preparing for the fight.
“That’s the way I’ve always been. I was always told growing up the loud mouth is not the guy you have to worry about; you have to worry about the quiet guy. I guess that stuck with me. I will say this: don’t mistake my kindness for weakness, because I definitely bring it every fight,” promised the fired-up New Jersey native.
Fans can catch Edgar-Aldo this Saturday night at UFC 156 on PPV.
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