Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will make his first featherweight fight against one of the top fighters in the world when he takes on Jose Aldo. The two will meet for Aldo’s UFC crown at UFC 154: Aldo vs. Edgar from Brazil in October.
Despite making the transition to 145 pounds, Edgar gave no second thoughts to declining the opportunity to face Aldo when the UFC called. Aldo was scheduled to face Erik Koch, but Koch was forced out with an injury.
“In my mind, I had already made up the fact that I wanted to fight this fight,” said Edgar, during a recent appearance on MMAWeekly Radio. “In my head, I said yes right away. I just wanted to call my team and talk to them about it, more out of a respect of my coaches type situation. But I don’t think anybody could have talked me out of it at any point.”
Edgar dropped the UFC lightweight title to Benson Henderson earlier this year, and was also defeated in an immediate rematch. Aldo has not competed since early in 2012 when he defeated Chad Mendes.
“The Answer” accepted the fight despite having just five weeks to prepare. Still, doing what the UFC asked was an easy decision to be made by Edgar. He has competed in Abu Dhabi against BJ Penn and in Japan vs. Henderson.
“I’m not trying to compare myself to anyone else, I just know my situation. It was easy to say yes,” Edgar said. “I feel I’m a company man. When they ask me to do stuff, I’m usually on board with them.”