Jose Aldo ufc 129A new weight class and a new title fight still resulted in the same thing for Frankie Edgar who came up just short in a very close, contested main event bout with Jose Aldo at UFC 156.

Following two very close, controversial fights that saw Edgar lose the UFC lightweight title and the subsequent rematch with current champ Benson Henderson, the New Jersey fighter opted to move weight classes and drop down to 145lbs.

Following a strange run of injuries, Edgar found himself in a title fight on day one against incumbent champion Jose Aldo in a fight that’s been talked about for years.

It certainly lived up to the billing.

Ring rust is always a concern for a fighter returning after more than a year away from action, but Jose Aldo came out firing early and often. The champion looked crisp as he established his jab, likely breaking Edgar’s nose within the first 10 minutes of the fight.

He also unloaded a barrage of his best weapon – a lead leg kick – that buckled Edgar’s limb a couple of times in the 2nd round. Still, Edgar wasn’t going away and letting him stay around in a fight is an awfully dangerous proposal.

Edgar started to gain momentum in the third round with his non-stop motion that had Aldo gasping for air a bit as the fight wore on. Aldo wasn’t dead in the water by any means, and fired back with power shots while Edgar’s punches were all about accumulation.

The 4th and 5th rounds were where Edgar started to shine, moving in and out, pop shotting the champion with strikes and Aldo slowed ever so slightly, giving new life to the challenger. Edgar did manage one big slam takedown, but overall could not keep the Brazilian on the mat.

As the final horn sounded, both champion and challenger raised their hands in victory believing they had done enough to get the not on the judges’ scorecards.

The judges tallies came back with Jeff Collins giving it 48-48 to Aldo, while judges Adelaide Byrd and Junichir Kamijo scoring it 49-46 for the champion, handing him the 5th round as well. The remarkable part wasn’t the fact that Aldo won because it was a close fight, but the champion more than likely secured the first three rounds.

The issue came with the 5th round, which two judges gave to Aldo. Regardless of the scoring, the champion still won and retains the title in his sixth defense in a row (combining UFC and WEC).

“It was a very difficult fight, Frankie Edgar is a great fighter, I knew I’d have to walk step by step with a lot of patience, round by round to get the victory,” Aldo said after the fight.

Frankie Edgar wasn’t one to make excuses after his third close decision in a row, which also happened to be his third consecutive loss as well. He congratulated the champion, and now lives to fight another day.

“It’s a close fight, I keep finding myself in these situations. Congrats to Jose, he fought a great fight,” said Edgar.

“I did (think I won the third round) but it don’t matter. Jose’s the winner.”

Aldo’s sixth consecutive title defense came with a question after the fight about it also being his last at 145lbs. Over the years it’s been noted that Aldo make a huge sacrifice to make the featherweight division, but it appears he’s not going anywhere for now.

“To cut the weight is always difficult, I get sick, I get fed up, but all my teammates they help me out,” Aldo stated. “At the end of the day, I can make the weight and I’m still here fighting in this weight class.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Video: Frankie Edgar predicts Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor, won't wait for winner

  • 23 days ago
  • 283 views

Frankie Edgar has an idea of who will win the upcoming UFC title-unification bout between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, but he said he’s not waiting for the winner.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, read news >>

Frankie Edgar won't wait for winner of Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor, needs the money

  • 22 days ago
  • 283 views

Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar won't be waiting for the outcome of Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor. “I’ve got three kids, man. I’m trying to make some money," says Edgar. Last month, the read news >>

Morning Report: Frankie Edgar hoping to fight in December, but ready to step in for Jose Aldo or Conor McGregor at UFC 1

  • 10 days ago
  • 21 views

Frankie Edgar isn't waiting around. The former UFC lightweight champion missed out on stepping in to face Conor McGregor at UFC 189, but he's not letting another opportunity slip by. Featherweight ch read news >>

Frankie Edgar training for a fight in December, vows to be ready step in for Jose Aldo or Conor McGregor at UFC 194

  • 10 days ago
  • 6 views

After Frankie Edgar was passed over in favor of Chad Mendes to be Jose Aldo's late replacement against Conor McGregor at UFC 189 for the interim Featherweight title, "The Answer" is once again throwi read news >>

Frankie Edgar ready to step in for Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor at UFC 194

  • 10 days ago
  • 14 views

Frankie Edgar was ready to step in for Conor McGregor or Jose Aldo at UFC 189 and he's ready to intervene again at UFC 194. Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar was one of the UFC's standby men read news >>

Dana White: Rousey vs. Cyborg Does 2.5 Million Buys, but Cyborg Must Make Weight

  • 26 days ago
  • 4 views

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey posted yet another brutal, lopsided win at UFC 190. Unsurprisingly, the discussion both on social media and at the UFC 190 post-fight press conference ( read news >>

UFC 190 results: Ronda Rousey knocks out Bethe Correia, retains title

  • 26 days ago
  • 10 views

The legend of Ronda Rousey continues to grow. The UFC women's bantamweight champion took it to brawler Bethe Correia on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 190 and beat her at her own game. Rouse read news >>

UFC 190 Video: Jose Aldo recovered from injury, would 'beat' Conor McGregor today

  • 27 days ago
  • 109 views

During a UFC 190 Q&A, Jose Aldo spoke about his return to training after a rib injury and a unification bout against Conor McGregor. Jose Aldo was a guest at UFC 190 fan Q&A, and he spoke about recov read news >>

WSOF 22 weigh-in results: champ Palhares (169.8), challenger Shields (170) on weight

  • 27 days ago
  • 18 views

WSOF 22 fighter weigh-ins took place today, and all 22 fighters successfully made weight.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, Videos, WSOF read news >>

Weight specialist Giordano says UFC's IV ban means 'fighters fighting at 100%'

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

Weight management specialist Lou Giordano sat down with Bloody Elbow to talk about the UFC's upcoming IV ban and his personal philosophy toward weight cutting and fight nutrition. At UFC Fight Night: read news >>