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UFC 156 Main Event Recap | UFC News

 

UFC 156 took place last night on Super Saturday and featured a plethora of incredible fights featuring some of the best talent in the world. Headlining the card was Jose Aldo defending his featherweight title against the former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.

Edgar is coming off of consecutive losses to Benson Henderson and subsequently dropped down to what most believe is his natural weight class of 145 pounds.

 

Round 1:

Both fighters came out extremely fast meeting in the center of the Octagon and proceeding to circle one another. Both fighters continued move while Aldo used a stiff jab to keep Edgar at bay. Edgar tried to close the distance while throwing combos as he rushed in. Towards the end of the round, Aldo landed a few hard leg kicks that made a sickening thud. Edgar wasn’t able to find his range or his timing as he was out-struck in the first and ended the round by being caught with a partially blocked head kick.

Round 2:

Edgar opened the round with a leg kick and immediately went to work throwing out jabs and quick two-punch combos. Aldo remained at a distance and landed solid shots as Frankie came forward. Aldo continued this strategy and landed a horrifying series of leg kicks that staggered and then dropped Edgar halfway through the round. Aldo slowed his pace up in the last two minutes of the fight while being dropped with a punch after Edgar caught a kick to the body and drove through Aldo. Frankie attempted several takedowns in the round but all but one, (previously mentioned). The round ended with Aldo landing consecutive jabs and missing a spinning back kick to the body that ad bad intentions as Aldo threw all of his power in to.

Round 3:

Aldo seemed slow coming into this round and was taken down early only to spring back up immediately. The two circled around and threw measuring shots for the first two minutes. The action picked back up when Aldo landed a front kick to Edgar’s face that immediately bloodied Edgar’s nose. Edgar successfully threw some leg kicks of his own, causing Aldo to seek a check for them to counter shots that clearly hurt the champion. Edgar’s success continues when he cracked Aldo with a huge punch with a minute remaining that stunned Aldo. Another shot came 30 seconds later in a round that Edgar seemed to pick up his pace, as Aldo slowed his own. This round was the closest round to score as the tide seemed to shift to Edgar’s corner.

Round 4:

Edgar’s confidence grew as he continued to land shots. Aldo remained dangerous with spinning back kicks and some timely counters. Edgar pushed on attempting takedowns and leaving exchanges with shots to catch Aldo off guard. Edgar looked great as he matched Aldo’s shots yet didn’t didn’t seem to inflict as much damage punch for punch. Late in the round Edgar became the first person to take Aldo down twice in a fight as he picked the champion up and slammed him hard to the mat. Aldo’s offense slowed considerably in this round as he threw sparse combinations that were quite literally hit or miss.

Round 5:

Aldo went into this round with his corner telling him he was up four rounds to none. With that added boost of confidence, Aldo stayed patient and accurate, utilizing his jab once more as he backed away from Edgar’s attack. Edgar, having the tremendous resiliency he is famous for upped his leg kick stats to a much higher number than Aldo was able to land. Edgar never tired even though he face had become the crimson mask we are all accustomed to in a Frankie Edgar fight. Both fighters continued to land sharp combos in the latter stages of the rounds as both mean pushed the fight until the closing second. At the final second, Aldo landed a superman punch after kicking off the cage. A flush shot that surely stuck in the minds of the judges.

Judges Scorecard: 49-46, 49-46, 48-47 for the winner and still the featherweight champion, Jose Aldo. While the first two scores of four rounds to one for Aldo were perhaps a bit inaccurate, it seemed as though Aldo did enough to win at least three rounds and thus, remains our featherweight champion. With the win, Edgar could have become the third person ever to win two UFC titles in two different weight classes (Randy Couture, B.J. Penn) It was a great night of fights for UFC 156, one that will surely come with its share of controversy and perhaps a rematch for Frankie Edgar who has fought only in title fights for the past two years, or seven consecutive fights.

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30 Comments to UFC 156 Main Event Recap | UFC News

  1. DEH DERP☺☻♦•◘♣♠ says:

    People will complain about the decision but Frankie doesn’t do enough. I’m not saying he has bad cardio at all, but the reason he can keep up his pace is because he is jabbing all fight and not exerting as much energy as his opponent. Aldo landed more strikes and did more damage, rounds 1,2,3 and 5 were definitely his. Frankie just jitter bugs around, lands a few hits and acts like he should have won the fight every time.

  2. 123 says:

    i thought franke edgar won, 49-46 is weird.. from rounds 3-5 all i saw was franke edgar scoring points & jose aldo getting tired.

  3. 123 says:

    & if jose aldo won it was 49-48.. judges r poo

  4. car dee oh says:

    i called it 48-47 edgar? strange, Aldo definitely didn’t win the last two rounds, judges need consistency.

    • DEH DERP☺☻♦•◘♣♠ says:

      What did Frankie do in the 5th that was any better then Aldo? Aldo landed more shots in the 5th with more damage and stuffed 2 take downs, tell me how Frankie won the 5th please.

      • GRT 3000 says:

        don’t be so dramatic. Frankie won the fifth easy; more strikes, octagon control, & aggression…he won 5. Aldo won most consecutive looks at the clock in that round buddy; he was tired and defending.

      • car dee oh says:

        just my opinion Aldo takes 1 and 2 with his speed, Edgar takes 4 easy and edges 5 with his work rate and octagon control (see rampage machida for a good example of this). 3 is debatable but i called it edgar as Aldo was fading slightly and his hands were dropping. Aldo didn’t look confident that he won that fight until the final bell when he convinced our sports pre-school judges that he took 4 rounds.

  5. kjtrlt says:

    That was crap. I could see 48-49, or even a split decision. Frankie clearly had the 4th and 5th. The 3rd was iffy. That score was just junk.

  6. Lawman says:

    I don’t disagree with the decision, but 49-46? First two are Aldo’s and last two are Edgar’s. The third round could have gone either way. It was closer fight then they made it seem.

  7. confucius says:

    UFC please instill some sort of way to have real MMA fighters judging in the near future. Not idiots who have no clue what they are doing. 4 Rounds to 1 really judges? And im not even an edgar fan to be honest. rounds 1&2 were aldo, 3 is in the air and rounds 4&5 edgar clearly edged aldo out.

  8. Rodriguez says:

    Wether or not Aldo did win the 3rd round. the scores were way to far apart. For all we know it should have been a draw. It sucks that people blame Edgar to, especially when you can’t just go in and finish a guy like Aldo easily, or Aldo finish Edgar easily. It was good fight but I feel like Edgar’s takedown in the 3rd got him that round. I guess we’ll just see what happens next.

  9. krafty11 says:

    Aldo won the fight, plain and simple.. He did more damage and landed more strikes.. If you don’t believe me, go check Fight Metrics stats.. Frankie was more active in the 4th and 5th, but he never had Aldo in any sort of trouble.

  10. mat says:

    Frankie won this fight. I keep seeing people say “fight matrix/damage” blah blah blah. First off, take it from the Diaz brothers “there are no points for damage” second off anyone with 2 eyes and a brain could see Frankie beating Aldo to the punch starting towards the end of round 2. Now if we are going to start awarding take downs/knock downs because of someone falling from leg kicks, then let’s go back to fights like Nate Diaz/Cerrone and start changing the ending scores. Edgar won this fight, I gave both the Henderson fights to Henderson, but this fight Edgar won.

    • krafty11 says:

      Please explain how Edgar won this fight? He landed fewer strikes, took much more damage.. But according to you and your infinite knowledge of MMA, he somehow won this fight.. I guess everyone has a right to their own opinion, no matter how strange it may be..

    • Thom says:

      Lol as if Frankie did any real damage. Here’s the facts, Aldo won 1,2 and 3 CLEARLY, and probably won the 5th too. Frankie had literally nothing going for him except in the 4th. Aldo landed the hard shots, dropped him with legkicks. Frontkicked him, flying superman punch of the cage, stuffed 90% of all his takedowns with ease.. Aldo is a true champion.

  11. ALDO WON says:

    Bottom line is, ALDO won. I can’t help but to feel even more happy to see Edgar salty and pouting like a little girl in the post-fight conference. IMO, Edgar is lucky to have had the attention he’s had thus far, especially after they ripped off BJ in his fight with Edgar. I hate to bring up old news but, it still burns me whenever I think about it…………..

    • Gabe says:

      Agree %100…Edgar won a bs decision against BJ and it took him 3 tries to beat Maynard…he should have never won a title in the first place…and I really like the guy but come on now…it’s karma

  12. Zack says:

    Wow u guys are idiots. Edgar did nothing. His biggest moment was a slam that lasted about 3 seconds on the ground. Aldo was not in trouble at all in that fight. You don’t win titles by simply surviving 5 rounds.

  13. DEE says:

    I don’t understand why anyone is disputing judging. one judge scored it 49-46, but the other two 48-47. It really doesn’t matter. everyone can agree that round three was a toss up, so why complain about how a judge scored round 3. When we all agree that it could have gone either way. Also the only reason people give Edgar a close fight is because we were listening to Joe Rogan. Why should the challenger take someone’s belt by edging a close fight. Really? He had two good rounds. Do you think he should be awarded the belt for winning two rounds decisively? You want to be the champ you need to beat the champ not edge and win by close round points. I had it either way.

  14. ya herd says:

    well i think edgar edged it out to get the decsion…. but aleast we can all take 1 thing from that fight, we all know aldo isnt as good as hes made out to be fankie stood with him most of the fight and done well thats aldos strongest thing he brings to the table aldo number 2 pound for pound my ass Silva, jones,

  15. Rain Man says:

    You guys are DUMBASSES. Each round is scored out of 10 points. They don’t score who has the most rounds won, they score who has the most points. So if Aldo’s first 2 rounds were 10-8 round 3 was 10-9 then Edgar had rounds 4,5 won 10-9 then that’s how Aldo won so convincingly. The judges were right. I HATE ALL OF YOU CRY BABIES.

  16. Sasquatch says:

    Agreed!.. I had Edgar winning rds 3,4 and 5 but like someone stated above “you have to beat the Champ to get the W so it didn’t shock me when they announced Aldo except for the 48-49 the two retards scored it. I’m thinking Aldo’s days are numbered as Champ if the UFC grants Pettis his wish for the fight because I believe he’s one of the only guys who can actually out strike him.

    • Sasquatch says:

      @ ya herd ^^^

    • you sir,are a moron says:

      Pettis and Aldo are currently in different weight classes..Pettis has been calling out Benson Henderson, the light weight champ …welcome to mma.you must be new here

      • krafty11 says:

        you must be new as well.. Dana said he got a text from Pettis asking for a shot at Aldo. He mentioned in the 156 post presser.. Seems like a good match up, but wonder how the weight cut will affect Pettis, he has never fought at 145 and is already pretty lean at 155..

      • Um....... says:

        Someone should have watched the post fight press conference… Dana said that ten minutes after the fight finished he recieved a message from Pettis asking to get a shit at Aldo…
        However if this happens and Aldo wins, I don’t think he’ll have an option but to move up, he’ll have beaten two of the top 5 lightweights.

      • Sasquatch says:

        Shove that foot further in your mouth moron.

  17. KIDD433 says:

    Close fight,could’ve gone either way.Good fight but nobody won convincingly

  18. Jay says:

    In order to be the champ, you have to BEAT the champ. Edgar did NOT beat the champ!

  19. mmaJunkie says:

    I think they need to revamp the scoring system in mma

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