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Jose Aldo’s title-defense against Frankie Edgar set for Super Bowl Weekend

Despite rumors of a possible rumble in Brazil, it looks like UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo will instead see action against Frankie Edgar in Las Vegas when the organization hosts its annual Super Bowl Weekend event. The two were originally scheduled to face off earlier this month at UFC 153 before Aldo suffered minor injuries in a motorcycle accident and was forced to withdraw.

According to UFC Tonight, the bout will take place on February 2 at UFC 156. No other fights have been attached to the card.

Aldo will have been out of action for more than a year by the time he steps into the Octagon to lock horns with Edgar. The dynamic 26-year old was last seen stopping Chad Mendes with strikes in the opening round of a January 14 rumble. Regardless of the layoff, Aldo remains one of the sport’s finest fighters, holding an overall record of 21-1 including 15 finishes.

As invincible as Aldo has appeared in each of his fights, few fans doubt the ability of Edgar to get the job done when the cage door closes. The 14-3-1 New Jersey native held lightweight gold as an undersized competitor, beating some of the division’s best including the likes of Sean Sherk, Gray Maynard, and B.J. Penn. The UFC 156 match-up will mark his first in the organization at 145 pounds.


  • Richard Stabone says:

    On a side note, is there really not a single UFC event scheduled for January 2013? Yeah they’ve got the big year-end card on 12/29 and then the big SB weekend card right at the beginning of February, so it won’t be a huge break in action, but still…. if this is the case, it’ll mark the first time in a lonngggg time having a calendar month void of a UFC event. I scanned the last 5 years and there was at least one event every calendar month, with the vast majority of months having multiple events.

    So anyway, I was surprised to see that. Perhaps they don’t want to bother going up against the NFL playoffs which dominate the month of January.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    I think they have two events planned for January that are non-PPV, one of which will take place in Brazil.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Ah OK, I see the rumored Brazil event slated for January 19, so it looks like they’ll pull something together for the first month of 2013. But given that we’re talking less than 3 months out, surprising there’s still no confirmed city/venue/fight card. Standard operating procedure for SF, sure, but the UFC?


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