Aldo vs Edgar: Is There a Fighter with More Heart than Frankie Edgar?

Anthony FuscoCorrespondent IIIFebruary 3, 2013

August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Frankie Edgar fights Benson Henderson (not pictured) during UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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On Saturday night at UFC 156, Frankie Edgar put his skills and heart against the human wrecking machine, featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

It was a great and energetic performance by Edgar, despite losing the fight by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47).

If there is one common theme in all of Edgar's fights, it is his ability to absorb crazy amounts of punishment and keep on trucking. He never stops and has often been praised for having massive amounts of heart.

Edgar has been in some absolute wars throughout his UFC career. The first round of his second fight against Gray Maynard at UFC 125 is a perfect example.

Maynard hit Edgar with everything but the kitchen sink, and very nearly finished him in the first round. But Edgar persevered and fought Maynard to a draw.

In their third meeting at UFC 136, much the same happened. Edgar suffered through a first round of Maynard's fists in his face, but displayed an astronomical amount of heart and came back to knock out Maynard in the fourth round.

Edgar put his heart on display again in two tough losses to Benson Henderson. His latest fight against Jose Aldo showed what many people already knew. That Edgar had heart. And lots of it.

Despite Aldo's painful leg kicks and crisp punches, Edgar didn't give up. Not after being out-struck in the first couple rounds and not after being dropped with kicks by the champion.

Edgar was able to take Aldo down twice throughout their fight. He continued to press the pace, especially in the championship rounds. He gave the champion everything he could handle and really made him work during their fight.

Edgar is the poster boy for heart in MMA. He never gives up and always puts forth his best effort. You would be hard pressed to find a fighter who embodies the word heart more than the former lightweight champion.


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