Let's just think for a second.
On Saturday night, Frankie Edgar managed to defend his lightweight title against a bigger and stronger fighter, and he did it convincingly.
Now, imagine that fighter was to move down to a weight class and challenge the champion there.
You'd think he'd be able to beat him, right?
Here's five reasons why Jose Aldo, the featherweight champion, would beat the lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar.
I know what I said in the first slide, but Aldo can use his strength and explosiveness more than Maynard would be able to.
Aldo uses his strength and size as an advantage in the striking department, because he is one of the most explosive fighters in the UFC.
Additionally, due to his size advantage, Aldo has something that Maynard does not.
Although he hasn't shown it yet in the UFC, Aldo has some of the most powerful strikes around.
Because of that, he is one of the most vicious finishers in MMA.
Maynard does have power and has finished guys with strikes before, but Aldo is on a whole different level.
How many people would characterize the man in that picture as a striker?
If I were to ask the same thing about Aldo though, it would be a completely different story.
Maynard was able to beat down Edgar badly in the first round of each fight, Aldo would be no different.
That is Urijah Faber's leg after his fight with Jose Aldo.
If Frankie Edgar gets hit with a few of those, you can expect him to slow down—a lot.
A Frankie Edgar without insane amounts of movement is just a target for Aldo to punch.
It is truly Aldo's finishing ability that will spell Frankie Edgar's doom in this fight.
Aldo is vicious when he has an opponent hurt, and he won't make the same mistakes that Maynard did.