MANILA – Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar believes he can fend off Jose Aldo’s leg kicks when they square off for the featherweight title in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 156 this weekend.
Aldo, the reigning UFC featherweight champion, is known for his vicious leg kicks, having defeated most of his opponents with such strikes.
“He's definitely good with leg kicks,” said Edgar in an interview with UFC.com.
However, Edgar said he’ll be using his extensive wrestling background to keep Aldo’s leg kicks in check.
“Catching kicks is definitely one of my tools… I think I will utilize it in this fight,” said Edgar, who will be making his featherweight debut against Aldo.
The former lightweight champion added that it will be easier to take Aldo down by catching the latter’s kicks.
Edgar claims Aldo is most vulnerable on the ground.
“I will take him down, I wanna keep him down and I wanna punish him,” he said.
Edgar, whose 42 career takedowns are the third highest in lightweight history, has successively used his takedown offense to topple bigger guys.
The Edgar-Aldo featherweight title match headlines UFC 156 which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday.
Balls Channel will air UFC 156 locally on Sunday, February 3 starting 11:30 a.m. Studio 23 will be airing a same day replay of UFC 156.