MMA fans have fantasized about a Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo mega-fight for quite some time. And it seems like the mega-fight might become a reality sooner than many expect.
After losing his UFC lightweight title to Ben Henderson at UFC 144, Edgar is currently set for a rematch in the summer. But the outcome of the rematch doesn’t affect the likelihood of an Edgar-Aldo bout.
Aldo is open to the possibility of moving up to the UFC’s lightweight division, making a future bout with Edgar almost a certainty.
“Edgar thinks he won against Henderson, so he really had to stay in his division and get the rematch,” Aldo said in an interview with Sherdog.com. “If he comes to featherweight, we’ll fight. … Many people want to see it. Having Edgar, a former lightweight champion, would be amazing for the featherweight division, but if he doesn’t come down [to 145 pounds], in the future, I’m going to have to move to lightweight.”
Aldo is certainly running out of opponents in the featherweight division, successfully defending the WEC/UFC title five consecutive times. He showed he could hang with larger framed opponents at UFC 136, earning a unanimous decision against MMA veteran Kenny Florian.
If Edgar reclaims his lightweight title against Henderson, I wouldn’t be surprised if the UFC decides to set up a champion vs. champion bout between the two. If he loses to Henderson again, Edgar will probably be a little more open to the idea of moving down to the 145 pound division, and MMA fans win regardless.
A fight between Edgar and Aldo should be very entertaining, given the fact both men match up nicely with one another. Both are very well-rounded MMA fighters, but Aldo does have the advantage in the striking department, while Edgar is the better wrestler.
It’s pretty hard to pick a favorite in an Edgar-Aldo bout, and that’s what makes the matchup so intriguing.