And just like that we now have an even heavier stacked UFC 153, as former UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar receives the call to step in for an injured Eric Koch at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro. Yes, Edgar will be fighting in a new division and coming off back-to-back losses to Benson Henderson in title fights, but when you’ve defeated future hall-of-famer B.J. Penn back-to-back you’ve earned the right to jump into another title fight.
UFC president Dana White hasn’t had the best month, as the organization was forced to pull the plug on UFC 151. Luckily the bad news this time around was followed by great news as the ‘company man’ Edgar steps up to save the card.
“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,” White said. “But Frankie Edgar, being the stud and the warrior that he is, steps up and accepts this fight.”
With the new match-up between two big names in the sport, it’s obvious to say that Aldo versus Edgar is the bigger draw among the fans as White will admit.
“Frankie has had a tough go the last couple of times with the judges, but a lot of people think he belongs at 145 pounds. Well, here we go – Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar. People have been wanting to see this fight for a long time.”
The champ steps in the cage with an astounding 14-fight win streak. From being the WEC champ to the UFC champ, Aldo has been able to decimate opponents with ease, standing at 11-0 in Zuffa.
Source: USA Today