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UFC 200: Jose Aldo Says Frankie Edgar Will Face “WEC” Version of Former Champ

Kelsey Mowatt

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Jose Aldo was a wrecking machine during his time in the WEC, and the former featherweight champ plans to bring that aggressive style to UFC 200, when he takes on Frankie Edgar.

Aldo and Edgar have been booked to fight at the July 9th event, in what will determine the promotion’s interim 145 champ. When the two met before back in 2013, Aldo worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Edgar. Since then, Aldo has gone 3-1, and lost the featherweight title to Conor McGregor in December.

Well, at a recent media event in Brazil to promote the upcoming card, Aldo had this to say about the rematch (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“I know I can evolve a lot,” said Aldo. “Something I always liked to train is kickboxing. I did it every day, but stopped doing it recently. I missed that a little. I wanted to compete in jiu-jitsu too, but had no time available. But I’m up to date in this area. I see myself as the Jose Aldo from WEC again.”.

“My striking. He won’t even see me,” Aldo added. “If he thinks he’s fast, it’s a whole different speed. He will be frustrated standing in there.”

How about that? Now, during Aldo’s run as UFC champ, he was criticized by some for being too conservative and not being aggressive enough. Of course, one could argue that since Aldo was facing the best of the best, it’s somewhat understandable if he wasn’t willing to take too many risks.

During his time with the WEC, however, Aldo went 8-0, and finished 7 of his opponents…One of whom was Cub Swanson, who the Brazilian star flattened with a flying knee, just eight seconds in.

UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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