Aldo retains featherweight title at UFC 156
Frankie Edgar worked his way down to featherweight at UFC 156 for a Super Bowl weekend superfight against champion Jose Aldo, but "The Answer" would lose his third straight fight after another five hard-fought rounds.
Aldo took control early, while a slow starting Edgar seemed content to give away the first two frames before turning it up a bit in the third, the first round that was actually close.
However, Aldo's dominance in the opening 10 minutes meant Edgar was fighting from behind, which was territory he was no stranger to. In the third frame, the former lightweight champion mounted some offense, while defending better, especially against the leg kicks. Still, the round was close, and Edgar could very well have lost it.
In the fourth round, the challenger displayed a superior gas tank to the champion, who was starting to fade a bit as the seconds ticked down. Edgar was once again able to land his strikes, while also defending better, though the takedown remained ever-evasive.
The story was the same for the fifth and final round, as Edgar successfully struck with the dynamic champion, but failed to take the fight down to the ground where he was most comfortable.
Though the contest was close, the scorecards were not, and the judges saw fight to give Aldo the unanimous decision win, making him once again seem like an untouchable champion.
Meanwhile, Edgar has lost three straight fights and has won just one fight in his past five contests. He has had a grueling past few years, racking up cage time like no other UFC fighter. While an immediate rematch is certainly possible, it seems Edgar finds himself once again just short on the judges' scorecards.
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