Frankie Edgar: I'm going to push the pace at Jose AldoPosted on November 11, 2012, 03:34 PM by Mike Drahota
Heading into his Featherweight title bout with Jose Aldo at UFC 156, former Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar expects a full-on war with the famed Brazilian striker. However, that's not going to change his mindset or gameplan in any way, because wars are what he's become quite accustomed to over the last few years. Edgar knows he will have to take the fight to Aldo, and he addressed this belief in an interview recent interview with MMAFightcorner:
“It’s tough to really put any chinks in any of these guys armor that are at this high level now. I just think I’m going to have to push him and test his metal. I think that’s what I do well, I push the pace and that’s what I’m going to have to do in this fight for sure.”
Edgar is always a fighter who works at a frenetic pace in the Octagon. Some may argue that his recent decision losses to current 155 lb. champion Ben Henderson would suggest that Edgar needs to do a bit more than leave in the hands of the judges. With his statement of wanting to push the pace at Aldo aggressively, it seems Edgar is starting to realize this, at least to some degree. And there should be no reason not to do just that for Aldo, because Edgar truly is a well-rounded fighter with excellent wrestling, boxing, and ground skills, namely submission defense. Edgar thinks that these coupled with his vast experience in big fights will help him prevail here:
“I’m going to do it all. I don’t like to go in there saying I’m going to do one thing. I’m a mixed martial artist and I feel I’m well rounded enough to take the fight wherever it needs to be. I think I can stand with pretty much anybody, I think I can wrestle with anybody and I feel I can compete on the floor with jiu jitsu with anybody. He’s definitely a tall task in an opponent, but I just think fighting guys at the caliber fights I’ve had throughout the years has only got me better and I think Jose will do that as well.”
Edgar vs. Aldo is a much-discussed bout that should provide some excellent excitement to the stacked UFC 156 card. It will be very difficult for Edgar to take a decision from a hunter like Aldo. Truly both fighters' mettle will be tested here, who do you think will emerge victorious?