In preparation for his featherweight title defense, José Aldo (21-1) has recruited someone rather familiar with Frankie Edgar (14-3-1). Aldo brought Gray Maynard (11-1-1-1 NC) in to help him train.
“Maynard is a great guy,” said Aldo to Bleacher Report. “It was an honor to train by his side. I also train with the Brazilian wrestling team doing a specific job for a long time. I will do my best to surprise everybody. I am training very hard. Anything can happen in a fight, and I can’t underestimate my opponent.”
Maynard and Edgar had themselves a trilogy under the UFC banner. Maynard handed Edgar is first loss in 2008. Edgar would go on to become the UFC lightweight champion and when Maynard challenged for the belt the first time, it was ruled a draw at UFC 125. That contest was later awarded Fight of Year. Immediately following the draw, a third and final meeting was announced. At UFC 136, Edgar took the TKO win in the fourth round in another close fight to retain his belt.
After Edgar lost his lightweight title and the rematch that followed, he decided to drop to featherweight. In his first fight in a new weight class, Edgar was to challenge Aldo for the gold at UFC 153, before the champion went down with an injury after getting into a motorcycle accident.
The championship fight has since been rescheduled for February 2 at UFC 156. They headline the card which takes place from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.