Jose Aldo To Face Frankie Edgar On Super Bowl Weekend
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will face former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar on Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas, MMA Junkie reports.
Officials announced that the matchup would headline the annual Super Bowl weekend card on Tuesday’s edition of FUEL TV’s UFC Tonight.
The event will serve as UFC 156 and will take place February 2. It was previously reported that UFC 156 would take place on January 19 in Brazil, but a different event will be held that day instead. A venue has yet to be determined.
UFC has held a pay-per-view event the day before the Super Bowl every year since 2004. All except one have taken place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Aldo (21-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Edgar (14-3-1 MMA, 9-3-1 UFC) were originally supposed to face off in the headliner of UFC 153, which took place on October 13 in Rio de Janeiro. Aldo got into a motorcycle accident that forced the matchup to be delayed, so the main event went to Anderson Silva and Stephan Bonnar.
Aldo will be coming into the match with a 14-fight win streak, but he hasn’t fought since January when he defeated Chad Mendes with a round one knockout at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro. Aldo won the featherweight title in the WEC in 2009, and was awarded the UFC’s first ever featherweight title when the two merged in 2010. He will mark his second year as the undefeated featherweight champion on November 20.
Edgar will be fighting for the first time at 145 pounds after a 13-fight run as a lightweight. He won the lightweight championship by unanimous decision at UFC 112 against B.J. Penn in 2010, but lost it four fights later to Benson Henderson at UFC 144. Edgar decided to drop down to featherweight after losing to Henderson for the second time at UFC 150 this past August.
(Pictured: Jose Aldo)