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UFC 200 results recap: Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar fight review and analysis

Last night (Sat., July 9, 2016), Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar faced off at UFC 200 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In an important victory, Aldo won the interim strap. Find out how below!

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweights and former champions Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar dueled last night (Sat., July 9, 2016) at UFC 200 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Aldo’s last fight was as disastrous as possible, as nearly a year of trash talk and drama climaxed with Aldo rushing into a knockout punch for his first loss in nearly a decade. Now on the comeback trail, Aldo was looking to prove that he was still one the absolute best.

To watch Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar 2 full fight video highlights from UFC 200 last night click here.

On the other hand, Edgar entered on one of the best win streaks of his career, showing off more skill than ever. While defeating Aldo would only capture the interim title, it would still be a massive milestone for "The Answer."

Edgar opened up with his usual movement and lots of low kicks while Aldo played the counter puncher. While there weren’t any massive connections in the first round, Edgar’s high volume and effective connections kept him in the control.

In the final minute of the round, Aldo really turned it up. He scored with a hard right hand, intercepting knee, and flurried in the last 10 seconds.

The last 60 seconds made it an extremely close round.

The second round played out in similar fashion. While Edgar pressured his opponent and landed some kick punches and low kicks, Aldo remained patient and waited for counter opportunities.

The highlights of this round included some solid knees to the mid-section and takedown defense from Aldo. However, Edgar’s volume was still definitely an advantage, and "The Answer" landed some strong right hands of his own.

Once more, it was a very close round that could be argued for either man.

Edgar focused more on his wrestling to begin the third round, getting in deep on a couple takedown attempts and driving Aldo into the fence. From that position, he landed some solid knees to the thigh and a nice punch on the break.

The fight remained tight throughout the round. Aldo’s knees and takedown defense were incredible, but Edgar was finding his range with the right hands.

It was anyone’s fight heading into the championship rounds.

For the first three minutes of the round, Aldo threw very few punches other than singular counter blows. While Edgar didn’t land anything too significant, he was the more active fighter who was landing blows.

Aldo was not gassed though. He simply waited for the second half of the round and would explode violently, which created some big moments for the Brazilian.

Heading into the tenth round of combat between these two champions, both corners were imploring their man to finish strong and make a statement.

Edgar pushed the pace harder than ever in the last round, but it opened up a lot of opportunities for Aldo’s counter punching game. Ultimately, this round -- and by extension the rest of the fight — was a battle of volume against damage.

All three judges awarded the decision to Jose Aldo.

This was a very interesting performance by "Scarface." For the most part, he looked better than ever, utilizing his excellent footwork to make Edgar reach and make him pay. Over and over, Aldo ran his opponent into punches, and that brilliant counter punching took its toll on Edgar’s face.

Additionally, Aldo’s takedown defense is amazing. That’s nothing new, but Aldo’s ability to shoot his hips backwards and stuff Edgar’s shots was simply spectacular to watch.

All that said, I found Aldo’s lack of low kicks questionable. They’re his most devastating weapon, and he abandoned them to avoid takedown attempts that he was easily stuffing.

Regardless, Aldo earned a big victory and second shot at McGregor.

This has to be a terrible feeling for Edgar. Despite his incredible win streak and improvement, he came up short against the best Featherweight ever, who looked far better than he has in years.

Aldo was on point last night.

On the bright side, the Featherweight division is still wide open. McGregor and Aldo both seem to have Lightweight in their future, and Edgar could still earn another title shot should Aldo come up short opposite the Irishman.

Alternatively, rumor is that Edgar could drop to Bantamweight.

Last night, Aldo put on an excellent performance to earn a decision over Frankie Edgar. Can Aldo avenge his last loss?

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