Frankie Edgar: 'I'll Be More Than Ready' to Take Jose Aldo Down at UFC 156

Andrew Saunders@SaundersMMACorrespondent IIJanuary 21, 2013


If Frankie Edgar has it his way, the Baltimore Ravens won't be the only ones winning their second championship on Super Bowl weekend. Just one day prior to football's annual blowout, Edgar challenges Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight championship.

On Monday's UFC 156 media call, Edgar opened up on Aldo, his striking prowess and the takedown defense that has been an incredible tool in the champion's arsenal.

When asked about Aldo's takedown defense, the former lightweight didn't seem worried in the slightest.

"I'll be more than ready. I haven't met a wrestler I can't take down yet," said Edgar. "I'm definitely going to test the waters."

Edgar's takedowns are well documented, as he was able to wrestle Benson Henderson, Sean Sherk and Gray Maynard to the ground on numerous occasions.

However, a better assessment of his skills can be illustrated by performances against B.J. Penn. Frankie became the first lightweight to score takedowns against the ultra-rubbery Penn in more than eight years.

The most impressive characteristic of Edgar's wrestling success lies in the fact that he is always undersized when compared to his opponent. Now that he has shed some additional weight and made the move to featherweight, scoring takedowns should come with slightly more ease. 

Although originally hesitant to the change in weight class, Edgar doesn't appear to have his eye in the rear-view mirror. When asked about a potential return to 155 pounds, the New Jersey native was quick to dismiss the rumors.

"I’m happy the way things are going. I don’t want to change anything."

Edgar and Aldo throw down in the main event of UFC 156 on Saturday, February 2. Stay tuned to Bleacher Report MMA for previews, live coverage and post-fight analysis for the event.