August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Frankie Edgar fights Benson Henderson (not pictured) during UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
"This is a great opportunity I'm handed here. It's something that I didn't think would happen this quick. It was an easy call on my part. I had fought less than three weeks ago when I got the call. I had an injury-free fight. I felt really good. I was already back in the gym a little bit. It's an opportunity you can't let slip. ... I've always been a fan of Jose Aldo. He's an exciting fighter to watch. He brings it every fight. One of the best strikers we've got in the UFC. I'm pumped for this fight."
-- Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar chats with MMA Weekly about how incredibly easy it was to accept a short notice title fight against Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo at UFC 153 scheduled for Sat., Oct. 13, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's amazing, really, considering there was precedent set to turn it down in favor of better preparation and more time to heal up from his last bout, a crushing decision defeat at the hands of Ben Henderson, his second in a row. "The Answer" will also be heading behind enemy lines, challenging a pound-for-pound stalwart on his home turf. Out of the frying pan and into the fire. Edgar is a man's man for accepting the bout but all things considered, does he have a realistic chance of winning it?