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Aldo vs. Edgar: First Superfight of 2013

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Friday, 01 February 2013 07:09

First Superfight of 2013In recent months, it has become fashionable to talk of superfights, in the absence of real contenders in some divisions. Talks on a possible showdown between Anderson Silva and Jon Jones or between Brazilian and Georges St-Pierre seems stalled, though, in the lightweights, the fight between Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo may be listed as the first superfight of 2013. A fight that fans have wanted to see for years and finally will take place on February 2 at UFC 156.

Either way, the decisions of Joe Silva and Sean Shelby, UFC matchmakers hardly satisfy the entire universe of football fans. Recently, the decision to give him another chance holder Frankie Edgar (this time in the featherweight division) was controversial among those who argue that Edgar has not done enough to earn merit such recognition. If we simplify the analysis and we were straight to the figures, it is difficult to defend the decision to grant a title fight a man who has losses in his past records. Also, Edgar will be making his debut in the 145lbs and played the title without a prior history in that division.

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A simplified look less reality shows that Edgar has lost only two rivals (Benson Henderson and Gray Maynard) since its debut in 2007. His last two losses have been the result of close decisions and facing one of the best pound for pound today, Benson Henderson. Frankie is a fighter who always gives a good show, with five bonus for fight of the night ¨ ¨ under his belt. The reality is that there is a contender in the 145lbs that is unquestionably a better candidate than Frankie Edgar. Chan Sung Jung, aka the Korean Zombie ¨ ¨ is who may become upset with the directive of the UFC because of his three fights in the organization, have been two years ¨ ¨ submissions and one knockout of the night ¨ ¨. The defeat comes from Korean prospect, Dustin Poirier, another sticking out as possible contenders. Even the former contender Erik Koch, may be too offended by being deprived of the chance holder, as it seemed a little premature dispute the title after two fights in the UFC. At just 24 years, Koch has a whole future ahead.

Dana and Joe Silva have voiced their desire to see Frankie competing at 145lbs, natural weight is best suited to your body type and the title is the strongest incentive to tempt found former 155lbs champion. The last six Edgar presentations have been fighting for five rounds with a title at stake. It seems incredible to see The Answer ¨ ¨ compete for more than just a piece of gold. Dana White's policy regarding opportunities holders is clear. Dana rankings but also respects the value men seeking new challenges and above all to those who know how to play as a team with the organization.

Frankie is not the only fighter who has received the call holder after a defeat. In March 2006, Bj Penn lost the elimination match started against Georges St-Pierre. Four months later, the Hawaiian competed welterweight title against Matt Hughes, replacing injured St-Pierre. The Hall of Famer Randy Couture, also accepted the offer start against Tim Sylvia, returning to the profession after retiring one year after suffering a tough loss to Chuck Liddell. Further back in time, the ultimate street fighter, David ¨ ¨ Tank Abbott suffered two consecutive losses, the first one against Don Frye and the second before the young Vitor Belfort. After those two losses, Tank replace Dan Severn, disputing the title to Maurice Smith at UFC 15.

 
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