Frankie Edgar (14-3-1) is ready for not only his featherweight championship shot, but the reaction he will get from the crowd as he fights Brazil’s own Jose Aldo (21-1).
“I’m not fearful for my life or anything like that,” said Edgar on The MMA Hour. “They’re some passionate people and Jose Aldo is their guy. So we’ll see what I can do in the fight to have some people cheering my name by the end of it.”
After Edgar lost his lightweight championship and the rematch that followed over the summer, he made the decision to drop to a featherweight. Edgar wasn’t slated to fight for the championship in his debut, but an injury sustained by Erik Koch (13-1) changed all that. Aldo’s last fight was in Brazil, earlier this year, where he won via KO in round one.
“Opportunities like this don’t come around too often,” said Edgar. “So you can’t let them slip. I’m expecting to see the best Jose Aldo. He’s in his hometown. Last time he fought there he was pretty dominant so I’m not expecting anything but the best from him.”
Aldo vs. Edgar takes place at UFC 153 on October 13.