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Aldo vs. Edgar: What Does the Win Mean for Jose Aldo's Career?

Feb 2, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Frankie Edgar (left) and Jose Aldo (right) battle each other during UFC 156 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Hunter HomistekCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2013

Jose Aldo is still the baddest featherweight in the world. 

After defeating former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 156, Aldo cemented himself as the undisputed king at 145 pounds and showed, once again, just how lethal of a fighter he is inside the Octagon. 

Aldo repeatedly caught Edgar with stiff jabs, hard leg kicks and an extensive Muay Thai attack, all while avoiding Edgar's attempts to take him down and nullify his stand-up game. 

Aldo was sensational, but he was still far from invincible. 

Edgar actually landed more significant strikes in three out of five rounds, and he also secured two out of 11 takedowns

While that is not an impressive percentage (18 percent), takedowns still weigh heavily in the judges' eyes, and getting Aldo down, even briefly, is an accomplishment. 

There are two ways to look at this data and the result of the fight. 

On one hand, maybe Aldo is not at an Anderson Silva  or Jon Jones level of untouchable greatness. On the other, maybe Edgar is just that damn good. 

I am in the latter group, folks. Throughout his career, Edgar has shown elite skills in all facets of the sport, and it is no surprise that his pinpoint striking and top-notch wrestling yielded some success against Aldo. 

Aldo took everything Edgar could dish out, matched the former lightweight's historic pace and continued to perform at a higher level and earn the decision victory. 

That's an achievement to be proud of. 

Aldo is on a 15-fight winning streak, and the win over Edgar marked his fourth UFC featherweight championship defense. If you take this run back to his pre-UFC days in the WEC, his UFC 156 victory was his sixth consecutive title defense. 

That's not too shabby. 

In all, the win over Edgar proved that Aldo is every bit as good as advertised, and in my eyes, even better. 

Sure, he did not finish Edgar, but who has? (I'll give you a hint: The answer starts with "no" and ends with "body.")

Edgar is notoriously difficult to keep up with in the later rounds of a fight, and Aldo, despite questions concerning his conditioning, stood tall and competed for 25 full minutes of action. 

Because of this, the featherweight champion became an even scarier adversary. Now he's an unrivaled striker with hellacious takedown defense and relentless cardio

It is not a good day to be a 145-pound fighter, ladies and gentlemen. 

Aldo is the king, and the win over Edgar puts him into "greatest fighter in the world" talks. 

He showed that he can still surprise us and make improvements to his game, and that is a terrifying thought moving forward. 

He was already the No. 1 featherweight in the world, now he's primed to make a run at No. 1 fighter in the world, period. 

With his notable win over Edgar at UFC 156, it is a conversation that is impossible to ignore. 

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