Jose Aldo has scored a big ‘gotcha’, as after claiming he had “spies” watching Frankie Edgar prior to UFC 200, the interim 145 champ is reporting it was all, indeed, a joke.
While talking to the media recently at the renowned Nova Uniao gym in Brazil, Aldo was asked about why he didn’t offer many of his infamous leg kicks against Edgar (during their July 9th bout). The Brazilian star said that “spies” had let his team know that Edgar was planning to counter leg kicks with takedown attempts.
Now, sure, it seems like a given that an explosive wrestler like Edgar would do so. But when Aldo was asked if he was serious, he reportedly insisted he was…
Well, now the storied fighter has revealed he was essentially just trolling, as Aldo recently posted this on Instagram:
Guys now I’ve become invincible… Nobody can beat me and my spies… Sometimes we aren’t taken seriously, and othertimes we joke around and get taken too seriously, so… let’s clarify I’ve always fought fair. I got to the top through a lot of hard work- both mine and my team’s. I am a principled person and fighter. My team is renowned for its development of tough, technical fighters but also for our collective character, and that’s what we’ll continue to be known for. I’d never do anything that goes against our principles. I fight clean, I fight fair, and I fight tough. When I talked about having spies in Edgar’s camp, it was a reference to a comment Macgregor made before our fight. It was just a jab. Everyone knows you can’t change up your entire strategy on fight week- of course Frankie’s strategy was going to be everything that worked for him in our first fight- it was a no-brainer that he would try the same things. As to spies in camp, relax people…my spies are just in your heads. I’m ready for anyone, no spies required. Abraços to all.
So there you have it. Aldo, as you surely know by now, used his hands and ridiculous takedown defense to outscore Edgar, and win via UD. The bout marked the first time Aldo had fought since he was KO’d by Conor McGregor in just 13 seconds last December.
The defeat ended Edgar’s five fight winning streak, which he began after Aldo decisioned him in 2013.