It has been over three years since Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo met for the UFC featherweight title at UFC 156 back in 2013. Aldo was able to win a unanimous decision and defend his title from the former UFC lightweight champion.
Now, the two will rematch for the UFC featherweight interim title at UFC 200 in July.
Egar spoke with FOX Sports recently about the rematch and how things will be different this time around.
“I’ve got Jose on my mind 24/7 now,” Edgar told FOX Sports. “He’s the most dominant featherweight that we’ve ever had. He stumbled his last fight but he’s still dangerous. I know he wants to get back at Conor and I know I want a chance at Conor as well so I’m definitely excited for this fight.
“It was a close (first) fight, a lot of people feel I may have won or it was super close and just to have a chance at redemption is always a good thing.”
Edgar has not lost since the first fight with Aldo and has racked up a five-fight win streak while Aldo is coming off his first loss in over ten years.
“He could be second guessing himself,” Edgar said about Aldo. “Conor threw one punch and it’s over in 13 seconds, that’s a tough pill to swallow and we’ve got a lot of pride as competitors. That eats at your pride and your ego. He’s going to have to deal with all these emotions leading up to this. He didn’t lose for 10 years, he’s a winner and I’m sure he’ll bounce back. I’m expecting this fight to be all it’s cracked up to be.
“It’s going to be over three years at this point (since the last fight). I’m very comfortable, I feel like I’m coming into my own more and more and I’m coming in there to finish him 100-percent. He has a lot to try and bounce back from and he’s going to have a lot of pressure on him but I feel like it’s my time right now.”
Edgar is supremely confident in his skills ahead of the rematch with Aldo and thinks he will be able to finish the former featherweight champ.
“I definitely think if I touch him and string my punches together, put that pressure on him I’m going to make him wilt and I’m going to put him away,” Edgar said.
“I want to go out there and prove a point every time. I try to go out there and put on great performances and championship worthy performances and that’s what’s going to happen with Aldo.”
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