Erik Koch Out, Frankie Edgar Set to Face Jose Aldo at UFC 153

Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar wasn’t able to reclaim his title when he faced Benson Henderson on Aug. 11, but he’ll get another opportunity to secure a championship belt when he faces Jose Aldo at UFC 153.

The two will headline the UFC 153 fight card set for Oct. 13, at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

Aldo was initially set to take on Erik Koch at UFC 153, but the latter pulled out of the fight after sustaining an undisclosed injury. Frankie Edgar – who recently dropped down to the featherweight division – agreed to step up to the plate, paving the way for the highly anticipated fight between the two.

“Obviously, we’ve had a rough couple of weeks here at the UFC, and then sure enough, I walk in to work today, and Erik Koch is hurt,” UFC president Dana White said. “But Frankie Edgar, being the stud and the warrior that he is, steps up and accepts this fight. … I’m pumped. I think that people are going to be very excited for this fight.”

Aldo is certainly one of the most dominant champions in MMA right now, but he’ll be in for a serious test when he faces Edgar at UFC 153. The New Jersey native has had a very successful run fighting bigger opponents in the lightweight division, with wins against the likes of BJ Penn and Sean Sherk.

Like Aldo, Edgar is also a well-rounded fighter, and he should be able to hold his own against the featherweight champion. In terms of striking, Aldo has more weapons in his arsenal, but “The Answer” is no slouch either. Edgar’s boxing skills are pretty solid, with some slick footwork to go with it.

Frankie is the better wrestler, but I don’t think that’ll help him much at UFC 153. Aldo’s takedown defense is consistently solid, and he’ll probably force Edgar to stand and trade with him.

The fight between the two should be something special, and I expect a five-round war when they meet inside the Octagon at UFC 153.


John Morgan, “USA TODAY: Frankie Edgar replaces Erik Koch, meets champ Jose Aldo at UFC 153

David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.


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