Frankie Edgar has stepped in to face Jose Aldo at UFC 153 after Eric Koch was forced to pull out with a knee injury. Edgar dropped down to featherweight after a controversial split decision loss to lightweight champion Benson Henderson at UFC 150.
Dana White had said that Edgar would have to fight once before earning a title shot, but with the Koch injury he is the most logical step in.
White has been calling for Edgar to drop to featherweight for the a while now, but a second loss to Henderson finally forced Edgar’s hand.
This is the super fight that many fans and analysts have been calling for.
Frankie Edgar’s natural weight is at 145 pounds and Aldo has cleaned through the featherweight division. Edgar looks to have the wrestling that could give Aldo trouble, but also outstanding technical boxing.
The downside to Edgar dropping to featherweight is that he could lose the biggest advantage he held at lightweight, his speed.
Aldo has won 14 straight fights and defended his belt three times in the UFC. He won his most recent fight against Chad Mendes via KO by knee with one second left in the first round.
UFC 153 will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 13. The co-main event is Rampage Jackson and Glover Teixeira.