UFC 153 odds: Jose Aldo opens as -175 favorite over Frankie Edgar

NEW YORK NY - JANUARY 13: Frankie Edgar UFC lightweight champion speaks during a press conference to announce commitment to bring UFC to Madison Square Garden and New York State at Madison Square Garden on January 13 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar has a tough hill to climb.

"The Answer" will not only make his featherweight debut against reigning 145-pound champion Jose Aldo at the UFC 153 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Oct. 13, 2012 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, he'll have to do it in the champ's home turf in Brazil.

The odds are against him, literally.

Aldo opened as a -175 favorite for his upcoming title defense while Edgar is a respectable +145 underdog. In case you just woke up or didn't pay attention to the wire late last night, "Junior" was in need of a new opponent when Erik Koch blew out his knee in training camp and was forced to withdraw.

Find out how it all transpired here.

For the current fight card and rumors for UFC 153: "Aldo vs. Edgar" click here. News, notes and other items of interest for the promotion's upcoming return to "Rio" can be found right here.

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