Esther Lin of MMA Fighting
At UFC 153, we were set to see a short notice superfight between UFC featherweight king, Jose Aldo, and the recently dethroned lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar. Unfortunately, that fight fell through, but now it seems we may see them face off in Brazil at UFC 156.
On October 13, 2012, we saw one of the greatest fighters on the planet completely destroy Stephan Bonnar in the headline fight at UFC 153. Though that fight in itself was a nice little treat for fight fans, it was a result of a super fight falling through, a bout that was supposed to feature Jose Aldo defending his featherweight crown against Frankie Edgar.
Now, as reported by Brazilian website clicrbs, that matchup is being sought out yet again by the UFC, and it is likely for UFC 156 in Brazil.
Details on the event have yet to emerge, but it is expected to be a major Brazilian show in a high-profile city. The event is likely to occur in January of 2013. So far, Aldo vs. Edgar has been the only bout rumored for the card, but seeing how great recent Brazilian cards have been, I'd expect it to fill out quickly.
Aldo (21-1, 3-0 UFC) has been the featherweight champion since joining the promotion after the WEC was merged into the UFC. He is highly regarded as one of the best fighters around today, and is definitely within the top five of the pound-for-pound rankings.
His last appearance inside the Octagon featured a first-round shellacking of Chad Mendes at UFC 142 in Brazil. Aldo is known for his vicious Muay Thai attack, but he is well versed in the other components of MMA, which makes him a formidable opponent.
Edgar (14-3-1, 9-3-1 UFC) has fought his entire career at lightweight, with his most recent fights being back-to-back losses to Ben Henderson for the lightweight title. Though both fights were hotly contested, Edgar came up short on the judges' scorecards in both affairs, and he's now decided to test himself at featherweight.
Edgar is a terrific wrestler with a well rounded game, and he uses his speed to stifle opponents standing. He is known for a fast-paced style as well as undying heart, which has carried him through some tough spots in his fights. He'll be in his first ever featherweight fight against Aldo, and it is sure to be a terrific affair.