UFC 156 boasted a superfight between UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo and former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar. It matched up a great wrestler with boxing and a nasty Muay Thai artist with solid jiu-jitsu.
Basically, it was the reluctant superfight fans weren't calling for but are happy they got. Frankie's boxing and Aldo's Muay Thai made for a nice contrast.
When it was all said and done, Jose Aldo retained his championship belt. As The Associated Press reported, "The judges' scores were 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47 in favor of Aldo, who improved to 22-1. Edgar fell to 15-4-1."
The fight was close. Aldo's leg kicks in combination with Edgar's boxing made for a tough-fought affair.
Edgar needed to utilize takedowns to win this fight. That, he did not do.
Jose Aldo has a questionable gas tank and he did not push the fight like he should have. Had Edgar pushed Aldo against the cage and made him tired from working, he may have been far more competitive than he was.
Edgar is going to be a stud at featherweight. Tonight did not do him justice.
Edgar may be the king of this division once Aldo makes his move up to lightweight. Obviously it is speculation, but if Aldo moves to 155, I doubt Edgar can be beat by any 145er.
I would love to see Edgar fight Chan Sung Jung. Jung is probably the best featherweight in the UFC not named Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar.
Jung has the striking and toughness to give Edgar a great fight. He also has the underrated grappling that could give the wrestler some trouble should the fight enter the grappling realm.
A loss should not spell the end of Edgar's title aspirations. A win and some determination could get Edgar back into gold talks.
Until then, relieving the Jersey Shore is great job for Edgar.