Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (25-2 MMA) will return to the octagon this July when he squares off with former lightweight title holder Frankie Edgar (20-4-1 MMA) at UFC 200 for the promotions interim featherweight strap.
Aldo had been actively campaigning for a rematch with current featherweight champion Conor McGregor at this summer’s blockbuster event, however the UFC opted to pit “Mystic Mac” in a rematch with Nate Diaz instead.
With that said, Aldo still has an incredible challenge in front of him in the form of a rematch with Frankie Edgar.
“The Answer” is currently riding a five-fight win streak, which includes stoppage victories over BJ Penn, Cub Swanson and most recently Chad Mendes.
The pair (Aldo and Edgar) first met at UFC 156 in February of 2013. Aldo was able to get the best of Frankie in the first three rounds of that fight, this before “The Answer” came surging back in rounds four and five. Edgar’s late surge was not enough to sway the judges however, as he lost the bout via unanimous decision.
Jose Aldo spoke to Brazilian news outlet Globo about the Edgar booking and stated the following:
“The first step is to regain what has been lost.”
Jose Aldo is coming off his first UFC loss, which occurred at the hands of Conor McGregor in a bout that took just 13-seconds at December’s UFC 194 event in Las Vegas.
Prior to the setback, Aldo had put together an incredible win streak that spanned over ten years.
UFC 200 takes place July 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is headlined by a welterweight fight featuring a rematch between featherweight champion Conor McGregor and perennial lightweight contender Nate Diaz.
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