Frankie Edgar "Answers" The Call– Steps Up To Fight Jose Aldo at UFC 153
Frankie Edgar certainly lived up to his nickname, “The Answer” late last night when he stepped up and agreed to face UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo on just seven weeks notice after Aldo’s original opponent, Erik Koch was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury.
Edgar is coming off his second consecutive, razor-thin decision loss to current UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson at UFC 150 which took place on August 11 in Denver. After that loss Edgar made the decision to drop the additional ten pounds and try his hand in the featherweight division. Aldo has been the only featherweight champion the UFC has had and came into the organization as the last reigning 145lb champion in the WEC. He defeated Mike Brown for the championship in 2009 and has defended the WEC/UFC versions a total of five times.
Edgar’s stepping up to the plate couldn’t have come at a worse time for UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones who has been vilified by fans, the media, fellow fighters and UFC President Dana White for refusing to fight perennial middleweight Chael Sonnen on eight days notice after Dan Henderson injured his knee and was forced to withdraw from the UFC 151 main event. Because the UFC was unable to secure a new main event the entire card was scrapped. That is something that has never happened since Zuffa gained control of the UFC in 2001. You can expect White to use this ammo to his advantage when talking about Jones.
White had been calling for Edgar to make the drop for some time now and after the second loss to Henderson, Edgar decided it was time to take him up on his offer. Edgar has however said that he plans on taking fights at 155, but that will change should he become the first man to defeat Aldo since November of 2005 a span of 14 fights. Aldo was last seen running through the Brazilian crowd after scoring a first round knockout over the previously unbeaten Chad Mendes at UFC 142.
Aldo and Koch were originally scheduled to face off at UFC 149 in Calgary this past July, but it was Aldo who suffered an injury at that time and forced the bout to be moved to the main event of UFC 153. This will be the UFC’s third trip to Brazil since August of last year when they returned to the country for the first time since October 1998.
Edgar is already one of the more popular fighters in the UFC. Known for his tremendous toughness and gritty determination the former lightweight champion defeated BJ Penn for the title at UFC 112 and defended it twice and also retained it when he fought to a draw with Gray Maynard at UFC 125 in January of 2011. He lost the title in Japan at UFC 144 when he and Henderson put on a Fight of the Night performance.