Jose Aldo is more than familiar with the toughness and heart of Frankie Edgar, but the former champ wasn’t surprised to Edgar lose to Brian Ortega.
Edgar agreed to fight Ortega at UFC 222 last month, after his initial opponent, 145 champ Max Holloway, had to drop out due to injury. Although Ortega has done nothing but impress since he joined the UFC, not too many people, if any, predicted what went down: Ortega proceeded to stop the legendary fighter in the opening round. Edgar had never been stopped before.
Well, recently Aldo was on the Giro Combate show, and not surprisingly, he was asked to comment on Edgar’s defeat. Aldo battled Edgar in 2013 and 2016, and won both fights via unanimous decision. Here’s some of what Aldo had to say about what unfolded at UFC 222 (quote via MMA Junkie):
“It’s a new generation that’s coming in,” Aldo said. “Age comes for everyone, and it’s normal to have this sort of rotation. To me, it wasn’t (surprising). I just thought it was a mistake on Edgar’s end to fight (Ortega), who’s a very tough guy. He would have fought for the title, risked that and lost. Now he’s all the way back there again.
“I think that was his biggest mistake. But I wasn’t surprised with the loss. That’s part of it. When you go in there, anyone can come out victorious, whether it’s via knockout or points, and that’s part of fighting.”
Aldo certainly isn’t the only person to say that Edgar made a mistake in agreeing to fight Ortega. Case in point, recently Frank Mir also argued that Edgar’s team should have had the star wait for Holloway’s return.
Edgar was asked about his decision to fight Ortega, rather than wait for a title shot, prior to UFC 222. The 36 year-old said he wanted to get back in the Octagon, because he hadn’t competed since May, 2017. The former lightweight champ also reminded people that he only gets paid when he fights.
Edgar’s decision, however, will likely be scrutinized from here on out. In terms of Aldo, he’s coming off consecutive losses to the aforementioned Holloway. Most recently, the Brazilian star said he wants to fight Jeremy Stephens next.