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11-28-2012, 07:14 AM
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| | Jose Aldo open to lightweight move if he defeats Frankie Edgar
Jose Aldo open to lightweight move if he defeats Frankie Edgar
As Aldo explained to Los Angeles-area reporters at a media luncheon, a fight against the man who reigned over the lightweight division for two years is a good gauge as to whether the longtime featherweight champ is ready for a jump up to 155 pounds. |
"I've considered going to lightweight," said Aldo. "As soon as my trainer decides that I can go up, then I will. This fight with Edgar will be a turning point. If I can win [against] him well, then I can prove that I can go [to lightweight].
"He has a very strong reputation thanks to destroying several opponents," Aldo continued. "That's the motivation for me to face him and that will be probably my last biggest challenge [at featherweight]."
Aldo's road to a match with Edgar was filled with twists and turns. The featherweight champion was originally slated to face Eric Koch at the ill-fated UFC 149 in Calgary, but Aldo had to pull out of the fight due to an injury. Then the bout was rescheduled to UFC 153 in Brazil in October. But Koch suffered an injury and was replaced by Edgar, who was scheduled to make his featherweight debut after losing his lightweight title rematch to Ben Henderson at UFC 150 in a controversial decision.
Then Aldo suffered injuries in a hometown motorcycle accident which postponed the bout.
"It was a Saturday afternoon," Aldo recalled. "I was leaving the beach. I was on the left-hand side and a lady was driving in the right-hand side, I made a right turn to exit and she didn't see me and we ended up crashing. ... I was wearing a helmet, [but] my knee and my foot was hurt and I couldn't walk already. I got scared I could have broken a leg or something, so I already started to jump to see if I could."
After Aldo realized he walked away from the wreck with what seemed to be nothing more than bruises [although later X-rays showed a broken bone in his foot], not wanting to miss a main event in front of his Brazilian fans, he attempted to continue with his fight training.
"When I realized I didn't break any bones, I was still convinced I would be able to fight, and since there was only bruises in my right leg, I thought that in a few weeks I was going to be able to fight," he said. "And I kept training regardless, to the point that the pain was so strong that I couldn't touch the ground with my foot."
After about a month, Aldo resumed training, then got the green light to fight Edgar. While Aldo is disappointed on one level not to be fighting Edgar in Brazil, he's also appreciative to be headlining what is traditionally one of the marquee events on the UFC calendar, the Super Bowl weekend event in Las Vegas.
"It would have been a great fight in Brazil since Edgar is very popular in Brazil," Aldo said. "Edgar is popular in Brazil because he has a lot of stamina, he never gives up, and he has a very good heart. But it's a very special week with the Super Bowl and I'm really happy for that."
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"There will always be pressure, either for me or Edgar," Aldo said. "But we're both on such a high level that we disregard pressure. We just do our jobs and everything will be fine." |
"I see as a challenge. Frank already proved that he is a trooper, he will go to fight all five rounds, and he doesn't give up. This is the fight I wanted."
"I don't think I have to diet for this fight either," said Edgar to The Post. |
He meets Josť Aldo (21-1) at UFC 156 for the championship. The fight was originally set for October, but Aldo suffered an injury.
Edgar walks into the fight losing his last two as a lightweight and Aldo hasn't been defeated since 205.
Not having to focus on weight means Edgar can train longer.
"My conditioning is always there," said Edgar. "The week of the fight I like to be still training and worrying about the fight itself, not just the weight cut."
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Last edited by Cat--Smasher; 11-28-2012 at 07:20 AM.
11-28-2012, 12:37 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Muskoka, ON
Well even if he beats Edgar (whom I don't think should be getting a title shot but whatever, moot point now) Aldo needs to fight Jung...Jung is next and way ahead of Edgar I believe. Anyway I hope this is a great fight and I'd like to see most of it on the ground to be honest.
LW-Stout, Cerrone, Jim Miller
WW-GSP, Fitch, Goulet, Rory
HW-Carwin, Barry, Russow
classic - "this is the dumbest thing Ive ever heard. thats like me having a picture of Hitler posted, and saying "I dont believe in his politics, but I like to hear him talk" W.Silva>C.Norris
HOSS-Bork, you should spend more time brushing up on your MMA history, and less time complementing guys on how young their penises taste.
12-01-2012, 12:30 PM
Join Date: Mar 2010
Aldo's camps have been saying this for years now...
There is better competition and more $ to be had at LW... No1 at FW has even come close to him... add to that he has had a few tough cuts, it just makes sense... What better way than to leave the division after beating Edgar, who is the former LW champion.
There are a lot of contenders waiting at LW, so its not like he is needed asap, but he will be a nice addition to the division...
Aldo vs. Pettis, Cerrone, Diaz, Bendo, Melendez, etc... those would be sick fights.
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