Aldo will defend his UFC featherweight title against former
lightweight champ Frankie
Edgar on Feb. 2 at UFC
UFC officials announced the booking during Tuesday night’s episode
of “UFC Tonight” on Fuel TV. UFC 156 will serve as the promotion’s
traditional Super Bowl card and takes place in Las Vegas, though an
official venue has yet to be announced.
Aldo and Edgar were initially expected to square off in the
UFC 153 headliner on Oct. 13, but lingering injuries from
Aldo’s September motorcycle accident forced him to withdraw from
the show, prompting the UFC to book a replacement main event
Silva and Stephan
Aldo, 26, currently rides a 14-fight winning streak and has earned
11 straight victories since entering the Zuffa fold in 2008.
“Scarface” fought twice last year, making his Octagon debut by
Hominick at UFC 129 before doing the same to ex-lightweight
title challenger Kenny
Florian at UFC 136. Aldo last competed on Jan. 14 at UFC 142,
knocking out Team Alpha Male standout Chad Mendes
at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
Edgar recently suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in
his career. “The Answer” first dropped his lightweight title to
Henderson in February at UFC 144 and was then bested in a
hard-fought rematch on Aug. 11 at UFC 150. Edgar captured the
155-pound title in 2010 by outpointing B.J. Penn and
went on to defend the strap successfully against Penn and Gray
Maynard before relinquishing the belt to Henderson.