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Frankie Edgar fighting Jose Aldo at UFC 153 after Erik Koch goes down with injury

Once former UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar announced he was officially dropping down to 145 pounds it seemed like only a matter of time before the 30-year old New Jersey native would see action against featherweight title-holder Jose Aldo. That being said, few would have envisioned the bout would take place in six weeks with the backdrop of Brazil.

However, after an injury to top contender Erik Koch, it appears that will indeed be the case after it was revealed Edgar would meet Aldo in the main event of UFC 153. The card is scheduled for October 13 in Rio de Janeiro.

The news first surfaced by way of MMAJunkie, quoting UFC President Dana White as the report’s source.

“Obviously, we’ve had a rough couple of weeks here at the UFC, and then sure enough, I walk in to work today, and Erik Koch is hurt,” explained White. “But Frankie Edgar, being the stud and the warrior that he is, steps up and accepts this fight.”

Koch later went on Twitter to address the matter, writing, “I’m sorry guys this has been one crazy year for me…I just wanna thank all of you guys for the support means the world to me.”

Edgar will enter the fight on a two-fight skid at 155 pounds despite many feeling as though he did enough to earn nods in both decision losses, each of which came to current lightweight champion Benson Henderson. He holds an overall record of 14-3-1 including victories against Gray Maynard, Sean Sherk, and B.J Penn.

Comparably, Aldo is 21-1 and hasn’t lost since 2005 while racking up wins over the likes of Urijah Faber, Mike Brown, Chad Mendes, and Kenny Florian.


  • raker says:


    This is gonna be a classic!

  • sides666 says:

    if edgar gets rocked in this fight like he did against maynard he is gonna get put away i really like edgar and always hope he does well but aldo is a very deadly individual who goes for the kill. i personally thought he won back the belt and was suprised when the cards were read. hard to pick a favorite in this won but its guaranteed to be one hell of a show im brazil none the less.

  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    Please put both fighters on the Patti-Cake training program up until fight time so neither one gets injured.

  • MickeyC says:

    This card just took a huge step up!

  • Oh hell yeah! I wont lie though, this makes me nervous for Frankie. He cuts zero weight and never has to deal with the drain on his cardio for this. If he slips n slides around like he usually does, he might find himselg gassing fairly early.

    I hope Frankie takes Jose’s belt not cuz I dont like Jose(who couldnt like Aldo?) but just to see FW get shaken up. The last fight against Henderson was close(the first wasnt) so Frankie shouldnt have an issue dealing with a bigger than he fighter like Aldo who cuts a tremendous amount of weight…..but can he deal with the precision striking…Oh I cant wait for this.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Who wouldn’t step up and take a fight on short notice after the JJ debacle

  • Rece Rock says:

    and may I add this is going to be a great fight.

  • MCM says:

    This is Bullshit! Frankie is 2-1-1 in his last 4 and has never won a fight at FW. Now he talks his way into a title shot? Success in one division doesn’t translate to success in another, there are other guys in the FW division waiting for a title shot. Aldo has every right to turn down this fight. Stupid fucking Dana White and the stupid UFC.

  • MCM says:

    Sorry guys, I was reading the Jones/Sonnen threads. 😉

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I have a feeling frankie goes 0-3 now

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Jeez, that didn’t take long. I’ve got mixed feelings on this.

    On the one hand…

    I think it’s safe to say this is a matchup all of us hardcore fans have been anxious to see. And the timing is great, as there hasn’t been an interesting challenger for Aldo in a while. There was some hope that Florian would be a real threat, but between cutting all the weight and being 35 years old with a balky back, Kenny just couldn’t offer a formidable challenge. And watching Aldo beat Koch would have been pretty anti-climactic… basically going thru the motions.

    And for Frankie, he’s coming off a fight many people feel he won, so this could be viewed as a form of justice for Edgar. This is an incredibly difficult fight to pick, and it’s unquestionably the most intriguing matchup to be made in the FW division.
    But on the other hand…

    Frankie is 1-2-1 in his last 4 fights, yet this will be his 7th bout with a title on the line. On the surface, that’s a little absurd.

    Beyond that, he’s just 3 weeks removed from a grueling 5-round fight and the intense training camp preparing to fight in the thin air of Denver, and will now have just 6 weeks to prepare for this next title bout. That’s a quick turnaround under normal circumstances. Coupled with the fact he’ll be dropping down to FW for the first time, it’ll be the wildest training camp he’s ever had… and who knows how the weight cut will go. Plus, it goes without saying he’s never beaten anybody at FW.

    So this is another questionable matchmaking maneuver by the UFC. While not the ideal circumstances, I’m still looking forward to a hell of a fight.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    ^ meant to say this will be Frankie’s 7th consecutive title fight.

  • Screenplaya says:

    I think this is brilliant. Moving Frankie down and into a title fight is NOTHING like moving Chael up and into a title fight.

    My only concern is that this will be Frankie’s first fight at the weight, and he may have trouble making weight, etc. It doesn’t give Frankie his best possible chance, but I am still gonna look forward to it!


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