After Conor McGregor captured the UFC featherweight title, he set his sights on higher weight classes. The featherweight division is still in limbo with McGregor taking on Nate Diaz again at UFC 202. Thus, this fight was made to create an interim featherweight champion. Jose Aldo was the longtime featherweight champion, undefeated for a decade before a shocking knockout loss to McGregor. Frankie Edgar is the former lightweight champion who has five straight impressive wins over high quality opposition. Aldo and Edgar fought once before for featherweight gold, with Aldo taking the decision in a competitive fight.
Round 1. There is some hesitation early, with Edgar throwing the first shot, a light low kick. After Aldo got reckless with McGregor, he surely doesn't want to make that sort of mistake again. Aldo lands a left hook as the crowd begins to chant "let's go Frankie" loudly. Edgar moves in with a nice combination, a few punches followed by a kick. It's the best early output of the fight. Edgar looks for a takedown but doesn't get it. Edgar lands a two punch combination. Aldo still hasn't thrown a leg kick, historically his best weapon. Aldo connects with a hard right hand, his best shot of the fight. Edgar seems fine and continues to press the action. Aldo drops Edgar with a knee late and comes in heavy looking to finish. Edgar answers back and appears fine. Close round. Edgar had much more output but Aldo landed the best shots. 10-9 Edgar.
Round 2. Edgar throws a couple punches that miss and a leg kick that lands well. He adds another leg kick after that. Edgar keeps throwing those leg kicks, and connects with a solid jab. Edgar catches a knee and looks for a takedown but doesn't get it. Aldo lands a nice right hand. Edgar is bleeding from the corner of his right eye. Edgar looks for a takedown but has it blocked. He goes for another and again Aldo defends successfully. Edgar lands a couple of nice jabs but Aldo answers with harder ones. Edgar then responds with a hard hook of his own. In general, the pattern is Edgar as the aggressor and landing more but Aldo does have more power. Aldo uses a few nice jabs. Edgar catches a knee but can't get the takedown. 10-9 Aldo.