2013 may have just started, but Aldo-Edgar is easily one of the best fights we’ll get to see all year long, with many deeming it a “superfight.” Aldo will be defending his featherweight title against one of the best former lightweight fighters in Edgar.
Edgar comes into the fight as the clear underdog, but he’s someone you can never count out. He’s going to give it his all, trying to end Aldo’s streak of 14 consecutive victories.
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When: Saturday, February 2, 2013, 10 p.m. ET
Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Watch (Preliminary Fights): FX and Facebook (7 p.m. ET)
Watch (Main Fights): Pay-Per View (10 p.m. ET)
So which 145-pounder will take home the title on Saturday night?
Edgar is extremely quick, which could pose a problem for the reigning champion. Edgar’s conditioning and wrestling skills are second to none, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Aldo won’t be ready for his swift moves. Aldo has had success in the past against opponents with similar strategies.
But as Ariel Shnerer of Fight Network (via Fox Sports) writes, Aldo’s biggest weakness is not being able to keep up:
Aldo’s only potential weakness was exposed in his victory over Hominick at UFC 129 as his gas tank was failing him during the championship rounds, leading to a Hominick takedown and fifth-round ground-and-pound onslaught. Nonetheless, Aldo emerged triumphant in the face of adversity.
If Aldo is able to keep up with Edgar and eventually defeat him, he’s likely to challenge himself going forward, according to Brett Okamoto of ESPN.
“It all depends on this fight,” said Aldo. “My trainer thinks I’m not quite ready yet. When he thinks I’m ready to go up, I fully intend to do it. Once I beat Frankie Edgar, I’m sure I can prove that I can fight one (weight class) above.”
But while Aldo has his eyes on the lightweight title, he has to stay focused on beating Edgar to retain the featherweight belt. Edgar will be sure to take advantage of any lost focus by Aldo, although that doesn’t seem to be a likely situation.
The fight will be extremely close and could easily go either way. But in the end, Aldo wins in a unanimous decision over Edgar.
Fight Prediction: Aldo, Unanimous Decision