Frankie Edgar kommer härnäst att möta den före detta fjäderviktsmästaren Jose Aldo om interimbältet under UFC 200. Vinnaren kommer då att få möta fjäderviktsmästaren Conor McGregor om det riktiga bältet.
Kort efter att matchen bokades för kortet började Aldo kritisera ”The Answer” och hävdar att Edgar inte har utvecklats sedan de mötte varandra 2013.
Edgar ser detta som att Aldo försöker kopiera McGregors trashtalk.
You’re seeing it across the board in all weight classes. Guys are getting more vocal. They’re just seeing what it’s done for Conor, so they’re trying to kind of make their voice heard. I think that’s what Aldo is doing.
Arguably, you could say I haven’t lost a round since me and Aldo fought. He’s just been in some either pretty boring (fights), or wars since our fight. So, I think I’m the one who looks like he’s evolved more than Aldo has. So yeah, I don’t know. I think he’s just talking the fight up.
This guy is like I said. People are trying to talk. He’s just not that great at doing it, you know?
He’s just trying to create buzz, and I get what he’s trying to do, but we all know he doesn’t fight injured. The guy pulls out of fights every other fight, so he definitely doesn’t fight injured. So we can just throw that one away. And everybody talks about how our fight was close. He wants to sit there and have this false sense of security? Maybe that’s why he’s trying to talk like this, because he’s dealing with this knockout loss. But, by all means, go ahead and go in there super confident.
Everybody bounces back differently, looks at it differently. But no doubt about it, it’s got to mess with your psyche, especially when you’re as dominant as he has been for the last 10 years, and then, boom, one punch. Literally one punch. Thirteen seconds. And against a guy who gloats. Just, the worst guy who could do that to you, did it. That’s just got to mess with your head. So, we’ll see.
Edgar står just nu med 5 raka vinster och är säker på att han kommer att utöka sin vinstsvit med mötet mot brasilianaren:
You see I’m getting much more comfortable in my fights. I feel like I’m much better since we fought three years ago, or over three years ago now. I’m coming into my own in every aspect. I’m kind of finding my feet and hitting with some power. My wrestling and my ground-and-pound is much better. I’m going to go in, just be myself, foot on the gas.
Whether by grinding him for five rounds or putting him away in the first, I want to show everyone that I came prepared and I’m the best fighter in the world.
UFC 200 äger rum i Las Vegas den 9 juli.