It’s not hard to support the notion UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo’s title-defense against Frankie Edgar at UFC 156 was close as well as arguably the biggest test of the dynamic Brazilian’s career. The bout went five rounds without a break in action, allowing both men to land a fair share of offense on the other before the scorecards were read.
That being said, though Aldo has acknowledged Edgar was a fierce foe, the 26-year old doesn’t feel their main event match-up was in truth was far more one-sided than many might say. Likewise, he isn’t ready to call the clash the most difficult duel he’s ever been involved in.
“I believe I won every round,” said Aldo to Fuel TV after the event’s conclusion, pointing to a few takedowns as Edgar’s only real moments of glory in his go at the gold. “He’s a former champion so of course he was a very tough opponent. But I’ve also had very tough fights in the past. So I can’t rate him as my toughest opponent – a lot of fighters in the past were also very tough.”
Aldo improved his record to 22-1 with the victory, further establishing himself as one of MMA’s pound-for-pound best. With a few interesting options on the table including Chan Sung Jung, Ricardo Lamas, and even Anthony Pettis, “Scarface” isn’t certain who his next challenger will be. He also doesn’t care.
“It’s not up to me,” explained Aldo. “Joe Silva is a great matchmaker. He’ll find the right opponent for me and whoever comes my way I’ll have a great respect for and a great fight.”
The full interview with Aldo can be seen below:
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