MANILA, Philippines – UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo believes that the key to beating challenger Frankie Edgar is to negate the latter’s takedown offense.
Aldo said he has better stand-up skills than the former lightweight champion, which is why he believes Edgar would likely take the fight to the ground when they meet in UFC 156 this weekend.
“Frankie is a guy that moves a lot and a wrestler that aims for a ground match,” said the Brazilian fighter in UFC.com.
“I need to avoid his take downs. Frankie will be trying to take me down. If I can avoid that, I will have victory in my hands.”
Edgar said Aldo looks most vulnerable when pinned to the ground.
But he claims he’ll also be showcasing his boxing and Muay Thai skills against the fleet-footed featherweight king.
Aldo said he has no qualms about exchanging strikes with Edgar.
He boasted that Edgar has yet to face a striker of his caliber.
“A guy like me good with hands and kicks, it's a first for him,” said Aldo.
UFC 156 will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday.
It will be aired locally by Balls Channel on Sunday, February 3 at 11:30 a.m. Studio 23 will be airing a same day replay of UFC 156.