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Erik Koch Injured, Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo Booked for UFC 153 Title Fight [!!!]

(And he *still* looks like the smaller fighter. / Photo via MMAJunkie)

We had a feeling that dropping to featherweight would be Frankie Edgar‘s quickest path to another title shot — we just didn’t think it would happen this fast. As first reported by USA Today, Edgar will step in to face Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title at UFC 153 (October 13th, Rio de Janeiro), after original challenger Erik Koch was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury.

If Edgar is victorious, he will become just the third fighter in UFC history (after Randy Couture and BJ Penn) to win a belt in two separate weight classes. We feel awful for Koch — who has already been inactive for nearly a year due to injuries and postponements — but you have to admit that this is one of the rare times in which an injury to a main event fighter results in a more compelling matchup. Said UFC president Dana White of the booking:

Obviously, we’ve had a rough couple of weeks here at the UFC, and then sure enough, I walk in to work today, and Erik Koch is hurt. But Frankie Edgar, being the stud and the warrior that he is, steps up and accepts this fight…I’m pumped. I think that people are going to be very excited for this fight…Frankie has had a tough go the last couple of times with the judges, but a lot of people think he belongs at 145 pounds. Well, here we go — Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar. People have been wanting to see this fight for a long time.”

Despite his former reputation as one of the lightweight division’s elite, Edgar has only won one of his last four fights, including his most recent pair of decision losses to Ben Henderson and his split draw against Gray Maynard in January 2011. Meanwhile, Aldo is a 14-fight win streak, including three wins in the UFC and eight wins in the WEC.

UFC 153 will also feature Quinton Jackson’s final UFC fight against Glover Teixeira, and Jon Fitch’s return against Erick Silva.

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coldbeer78- September 1, 2012 at 6:05 am
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The12ozCurls- September 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm
"Blaze of UnGlory" didn't make the cut?

That is total bullshit!
MaritalArtist- August 31, 2012 at 11:04 pm
This is possibly the first actual superfight of the modern UFC era. What other superfights is this comparable to? Penn-GSP?
angry little feet- August 31, 2012 at 2:02 pm
Sure would be cool if they could set it up so that half of the comments weren't hidden by the other stuff on the page.
Piznti- August 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm
lose 2 fights in a row and gets a title shot? come on, that's ridiculous. no one else deserved it? korean zombie should have gotten this. the ufc is belittling there belts. watch edgar will get a rematch, whether he loses or wins. fuck that, and fuck you frankie. yea let's give one of our worst ppv draws more title shots. hey lets get fitch on the co-main event too. break even more shitty records.
Buster Hyman- August 31, 2012 at 12:52 pm
sick fight but somewhere the korean zombie is shedding a tear
KarmaAteMyCat- August 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm
Crappiefloper hit the nail on the head with that sentiment.
crappiefloper- August 31, 2012 at 11:59 am
One things for sure, this will be an actual FIGHT! With caps and everything suckas!
KarmaAteMyCat- August 31, 2012 at 11:43 am
It's not really that Ironic, Sonnen, Jones isn't a historic match no offense and I am not trying to take away from either fighter by saying such. However the Edgar, Aldo fight is fucking HISTORIC. Edgar gets the rare opportunity to do what only two fighters have in the UFC. That's hold two separate belts at separate weight classes. This is insane. Stop bringing the Jones shit up lets focus on this EPIC AWESOME SITUATION THAT WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH RATHER THEN BITCH AND MOAN.. This card could be one of the best of all time now. Like holy shit.
Jon Fitch and Exciting in the same sentence- August 31, 2012 at 10:53 am
whoa...hold up...the sonnen-jones irony of all this unreal!!!
Jon Fitch and Exciting in the same sentence- August 31, 2012 at 10:51 am
Frankie did a damn good job at 155. Considering what he did against Bendo and Maynard (win, lose, or draw) Frankie showed he could hang with bigger fighters that are also damn good fighter. I don't see him destroying Aldo. But I see this as Aldo's biggest challenge and a possible upset, Frankie via UD.
amsterdamheavy- August 31, 2012 at 10:47 am
So...anyone seen nipple fuckin twist today?

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The12ozCurls- August 31, 2012 at 11:04 am
I think ArmFarmer "thumbs downed" him to death.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 31, 2012 at 11:07 am
Some of us can't be "thumbs downed" to death. Believe me, everyone sure tried on that GSP-Silva article.
The12ozCurls- August 31, 2012 at 11:45 am
I will quote Fried Taco:
"Except me! ;-)"
RearNakedSpoon- August 31, 2012 at 8:39 am
I don't think Frankie will be able to do much against Aldo because he is still the smaller guy, his cardio and speed might take and hit from weight cutting more than normal and his chin won't be a good if he has to cut water weight.
Prove me wrong Fe.

P.S. Aldo ain't no bitch, take notes Jones ;)
That is Mr. Lebowski to you- August 31, 2012 at 8:21 am
You nuthugging sacks of shit. Its ok if other people get undeserved title shots...just not Sonnen
That is Mr. Lebowski to you- August 31, 2012 at 8:19 am
This makes Dawn Jones look like even more of a bitch....
The12ozCurls- August 31, 2012 at 7:36 am
I am not going to say that I have a boner or anything, but NOW I am at least mildly interested in the UFC 153 card.
Props to Aldo for accepting the fight (because that is what champions are supposed to do), considering his opponent has only won 1 fight out of his last 4 and would be considered "unworthy" by other champions . . . . walla, walla, wallla JBJ.
cman- August 31, 2012 at 7:33 am
I would be outraged if Aldo refused the fight and asked for someone from 135 to step up.
Naaaaaa, fighters do not look for the easiest fight. they want challenges, no UFC champ would do that.
Fried Taco- August 31, 2012 at 7:21 am
How could Also accept this fight? Edgar has never fought at 145, so obviously it's an undeserved title shot. Right Bones?
Fletch the V Stretch- August 31, 2012 at 7:28 am
Aldo isn't scared. Knows he is the best and will fight anyone they throw at him to prove it.
knucklesamitch- August 31, 2012 at 7:20 am
Where's the outrage? Edgar loses back to back title fight losses move to new weight class and get a title shot. Sonnen loses a title fight,earns his way back to another title fight, loses, moves weight classes and calls out the champ, and offers to fight him on short notice and people act like the world is going to end. Hypocrites ... You're all hypocrites I tell ya!
Fried Taco- August 31, 2012 at 7:22 am
Except me! ;-)
styleofnostyle- August 31, 2012 at 7:12 am
Aldo by decision
LOKI- August 31, 2012 at 7:03 am
2 losses in a row? Drop weight, instant title shot. Strikeforce rules.
Rampages Conscience- August 31, 2012 at 6:37 am
Also, what is the over-under that this fight will somehow have an outcome that requires these two to have an immediate rematch?
Fletch the V Stretch- August 31, 2012 at 6:59 am
Very little. I say Aldo beats him convincingly. Edgar may have an advantage in speed and movement over most LW's but he will not have that against Aldo. I fully expect Aldo to be faster and win the striking exchanges. Also, Aldo's take down defense is awesome and he isn't afraid to throw knees to the face. Just my opinion, but I'm usually right :)
towelie- August 31, 2012 at 10:02 am
I like both fighters, and I hope that Frankie's footwork and speed help him, but I think ultimately Aldo's striking with all 8 limbs may overwhelm Edgar. The way that Aldo flagrantly held the cage in his fight against Mendes doesn't really lead me to believe that his takedown defense is 'awesome'. Either way, i am still pumped to see this fight, and stoked that Frankie stepped up and Aldo accepted.

Moderation is key 12oz, you don't want to prohibit yourself from 'curls'.
towelie- August 31, 2012 at 10:44 am
couldn't find your reply button. Yaeh, his TD defense is still good. that flagrant cage grabbing and no point decution struck a nerve though. it could have changed the whole fight had Mendes taken him down. i understand the whole 1st time is a warning, but when it is that flagrant, i mean he was sideways in the air holding the cage.

"Who you got in a JDS vs Overeem fight towelie?" Did I miss something, or are you already looking past Cain? Say it ain't so. I get it though, i mean if Cain tries to stand it might be over just as fast as last time. JDS has some good boxing. Overeem and JDS though? No friggin idea. i will be entertained though. Who knows/ will Overeem kick JDS leg off and prevent him from punching well, will JDS lay him out? can't wait.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 31, 2012 at 11:12 am
Ok, I read it. I kind of forgot about the Cain/JDS fight actually getting booked honestly. I am kinda disappointed in myself. Either way, I still see JDS winning that fight and the Overeem fight. I am not sure I have EVER seen JDS in .00009% trouble in the UFC. He has destroyed everyone. His take down defense is superb and he hits like a mack truck. I think his JJ is gonna be pretty damn good too, but we really can't speculate bc NO ONE has taken him down for longer than maybe 2 seconds. Cain is a beast, I just think JDS is the worst match up for him possible in the division. I saw give Cormier the Overeem fight and see what goes down there. Assuming Overeem can pass a piss test.
towelie- August 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm
I agree, i don't think JDS has ever been in trouble in the UFC. I think Cain has to take him down and GNP, unless his standup has developed by leaps and bounds and we don't know about it yet. I heard somewhere that JDS's BJJ was better than his boxing.If that is the case, then Cain better wrestle and GNP the shit out of him.

Cormier vs Overeem would be dope, i just don't think the UFC would do that to two of their top contenders. After Cormier KO's Mir and crosses over, i bet he fights someone that is middle of the line first, probably Kongo. I bet Reem fights Ben Rothwell or maybe a rematch with Mark Hunt in the meantime.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 31, 2012 at 12:42 pm
If his BJJ is better than his boxing then I don't ever see him losing. I already have a hard time envisioning him losing. I am biased towards him but he hasn't shown me any reason to doubt him whatsoever. I would prefer to see Reem rematch Hunt I believe. Rothwell was in trouble vs Schaub before sending him to the after life in epic GIF fashion.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 31, 2012 at 11:06 am
I could see your reply button just not all of your post. Ha, the only to fix that is to make another post. This is that post.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 31, 2012 at 10:23 am
I forgot about the cage grabbing. Pretty good point. His take down defense is still good though. I really don't have a dog in this fight. I like both fighters and think it will be a good one. I just see Aldo taking it convincingly. Who you got in a JDS vs Overeem fight towelie?
The12ozCurls- August 31, 2012 at 10:08 am
Much like Aldo, I have 8 limbs as well.
I will be fine. But thanks for the concern.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 31, 2012 at 7:02 am
Just ask 12oz. Or my new bro Towelie.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 31, 2012 at 9:40 am
12oz - I can't read your comment bc it gets pushed so far to the right the words disappear into other shit on that side of the page. I basically got this from your post: Fletch rules, don't question it. You want fights this weekend. You love liquor and jacking it.
The12ozCurls- August 31, 2012 at 9:55 am
Pretty much - but not necessarily in that order.
The12ozCurls- August 31, 2012 at 7:43 am
@ Pages Conscience
Fletch is kind of like one of those weird clairvoyant spoon-benders like Shirley Maclaine and Dionne Warwick, so it would be wise to listen to him. Either that or Edgar is finally bigger than his fow and kicks his ass.
All I know is that I wish the fight (or ANY fight NOT involving Tim Sylvia) took place this weekend because now it is nothing but liquor and fapping. At least I could split the two up by watching a fight in between, but, a las - I see whiskey dick and calluses in my future :-) JK (kinda).
Fletch the V Stretch- August 31, 2012 at 10:25 am
12 oz bro!!! Look at the pic above. You still think Frankie is the bigger guy here? Also, this opens up a HUGE can of worms concerning what is "HUGE" and who is "HUGE" EX: GSP is not a "HUGE" WW. :)
The12ozCurls- August 31, 2012 at 11:00 am
By me saying Frankie is bigger - I mean that he is not DRASTICALLY smaller. He will at least be in the same ballpark weight-wise as Aldo. Opposed to being dwarfed by Bendo and Maynard. I think Frankie is tough enough to make it interesting but ultimately we will find out what will happen as soon as Aldo throws his first few leg kicks. If he lands them cleanly - it is gonna be a Faber-esque beating put down on Edgar. If his kicks are checked or caught by Frankie - leading to a take down - Edgar could win.
Also, we saw Aldo gas HORRIFICALLY during the fight with Mark Hominick and we all know that Frankie has elite cardio. If the fight gets past the 3rd - my money is on Frankie.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm
I will say this. This is the first time I will not bet my savings on Aldo. Only half. I get what you are saying. I just wanted to throw Silva-GSP in there for the haters. True about him gassing in the Hominick fight. I believe that was the fight he claimed to have one of his worst weight cuts in the UFC to date. Also, it would probably take a lot out of you to beat someones face in so bad a head grows out of their head.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 31, 2012 at 10:21 am
HAHAHAHA, I can now read your comment. Good stuff. You mean Tim Sylvia doesn't give you a hard on despite whiskey dick?
Rampages Conscience- August 31, 2012 at 6:32 am
I am more excited for this fight than any other that is booked for upcoming cards. Aldo is finally getting a legitimate test!
TellaTruth- August 31, 2012 at 6:10 am
that is a quick turn around to be fighting again. i hope he is healthy & ready. this is an uphill challenge for Edgar.