For most of his UFC career, people often wondered if Frankie Edgar (14-3-1) would make drop from lightweight to featherweight. When he made the move over the summer, it seemed inevitable that his path would clash with champion José Aldo (21-2). It didn’t take long for that to happen, as Edgar’s first fight in the division will be against the champion.
Aldo thinks that Edgar won’t be fast enough when the two collide next month, and says that the former lightweight champion can’t hang with fighters at 135 pounds.
“He fought at a higher category where it isn’t so explosive,” said Aldo to MMA Junkie. “In featherweight, there’s a lot of movement, a lot of explosion. Now he’s going to fight people with the same kind of training and explosion that he has.”
The two were set to meet at UFC 153 before Aldo went down with an injury after being involved in a motorcycle accident. The fight has been rescheduled to UFC 156, where Aldo looks for his fourth title defense.
Aldo vs. Edgar headlines UFC 156 on February 2 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.