Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar:
Despite all of the hype and insanity centering on UFC 200’s late main replacement shuffle, this rematch is still my most anticipated fight of the night for a few reasons. Of course there’s the angle of how Aldo rebounds from his devastating loss to Conor McGregor, and there’s also the redemption angle for Edgar, both from his first fight against Aldo and his potential return to UFC champion status.
“The Answer” has stated that was the best version of Aldo in their first fight, and now he’s going to see the best version of Edgar. I tend to agree with that statement, as he’s been on an absolute tear since the loss, defeating five straight world-class challengers while adding some lethal finishing ability to his repertoire as well. Aldo has been the opposite, rarely fighting and often hurt after winning a long streak of decisions where he appeared to at times be coasting to victory. That’s not going to work here, and I see Edgar stopping Aldo by second-round TKO.
Jose Aldo’s reign at the top of the featherweight division has steadily begun to slide towards the inevitable end. Finishes are no longer the Brazilian’s forte, and decisions that could arguably have gone either way became commonplace. One such decision featured Edgar, who is currently looking like the Michael Myers of the featherweight division. The first fight was close, and coincidentally ‘The Answer’s’ first at 145 pounds; the second will not be. Aldo looked drained against McGregor, and he’ll be getting starched again at UFC 200. Edgar will wing a hook and clip Aldo early on. First round knockout for Edgar.
Both of these former champions have come a long way since their 2013 meeting, and both men are at polar opposite points in their respective careers. Edgar is riding a five-fight win streak and is coming off of a first round finish over Chad Mendes. It’s safe to say that he’s never looked better. Aldo, on the other hand, is coming off of an absolutely devastating 13-second knockout loss to Conor McGregor. Aldo, while still one of the best featherweights of all-time, appears to be a changed man to me. I will go with my gut here, and I feel as if the tough and gritty Edgar will use his combination of boxing, wrestling, and excellent cardio to get the job done. Edgar by unanimous decision.
Frankie Edgar has never looked better in his UFC career as of late, and Aldo is coming off of one of the most jaw-dropping upsets in UFC history in losing a decade of dominance in just 13 seconds to Conor McGregor at UFC 194. Aldo hasn’t looked the same since his five round war with Chad Mendes at UFC 179 in 2014, whom Edgar just knocked out in two minutes this past December. Aldo coming off of a brutal knockout going against an Edgar who has looked like a complete animal for the past three years; I’m taking Edgar every time. Edgar via R4 TKO.