For the third straight time, Frankie Edgar did not hear his name called by Bruce Buffer following a 25-minute war. This time, Edgar lost to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in the main event of UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar Saturday night.
Twice in 2012, Edgar was defeated by Benson Henderson. The first cost him the UFC lightweight title, while the second was an immediate rematch that also went to “Smooth.”
Edgar, who appeared to slow Aldo down in the latter stages of the fight, said he felt like he had done enough to win, but “that don’t matter.”
“Jose’s the winner,” Edgar added. “I keep finding myself in these situations. Jose fought a great fight.”
After being out-stuck through the first two rounds, Edgar landed more strikes than Aldo in the final three rounds. However, the judges viewed the damage done by Aldo as more significant, as he broke open the nose of the challenger with a perfectly-landed front kick.
Aldo connected on 13 more total strikes and 16 more significant strikes overall, but Edgar bested him by 23 over the final 15 minutes in terms of overall strikes.