Sherdog.com touched base with a number of professional fighters and trainers to gauge their opinions on the UFC 156 “Aldo vs. Edgar” headliner:
: I’m picking Aldo by decision or a late TKO. I think Frankie will lose his speed advantage going down in weight against a bigger, faster, stronger fighter.
I honestly can’t pick a winner here. I would say Aldo has the speed and athleticism going for him, but Edgar has the heart, skills and more big-fight experience. I’m just gonna sit back and watch two of the most talented guys in the sport do their thing, while being thankful Aldo is not kicking me in the leg and Edgar is not slamming me on my head.
Aldo wins by unanimous decision. Frankie won’t give up and may be a burden for Aldo to deal with, but I see Aldo figuring him out and getting the majority of the rounds.
: Let’s start by saying this is one hell of a fight. Jose has shown an amazing skillset since before his UFC days when he was in the now-defunct WEC. This kid can handle anything in this sport. He has the ability to knock you out from any position, and this fight has fast-pace, eventual-one-punch-knockout written all over it. Can Frankie ride his bike and pop shot his way to a victory or will he fall victim to the division’s most dangerous man? All I can say is this is a fight for the ages, and you would be crazy to miss it.
I’m not sure about this fight; it’s a tough one to call. They both have their own special skillsets, but I think the difference in the past between Jose’s opponents and Frankie is that Frankie has good footwork and you don’t know which direction he’s coming from. He can also dish out as much as he takes. On the flipside, Jose is the most well rounded striker in the 145-pound division and has fantastic takedown defense. I would give the edge to Frankie. He always figures out a way to win.
Hard for me to pick against either of these guys, but I think of all the people Aldo has fought, Frankie is the most complete. The only thing I’m concerned about is Frankie adjusting to the speed difference between weight classes.
: I believe Frankie will not have enough power to handle Aldo. I believe Aldo will win by TKO.
Edgar is the man. He’s one of the best come-from-behind fighters in the sport. His heart and speed enabled him to overcome much bigger fighters, winning him the title along the way. That being said, Aldo is Anderson Silva at featherweight. His precise striking and speed see him walk through most guys in the early rounds. I see Aldo winning via decision due to Edgar’s chin and unbreakable spirit not allowing him to be TKO’d.
Toughest matchup for Aldo so far, but leg kicks can really complicate things for Edgar. Aldo wins by decision.
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Edgar has never been stopped.
: Fun fight, but I gotta say Jose should be taking this one. The kid is pretty solid and has lots to bring to the table.
Edgar is a great fighter and athlete. In my opinion, he should probably still be the UFC 155-pound champ. The fights with Benson Henderson were tossups, and I think Frankie did enough to win those. The problem now is how do I pick against Aldo? He has won 11 straight fights in the WEC and UFC, with devastating wins over similar-style opponents to Edgar, like Chad Mendes, Urijah Faber and Mike Thomas Brown. I think Edgar will put up a spirited effort as always but will fall short to the explosiveness and well-rounded style of Aldo. Aldo wins by TKO in round two.
: Edgar takes it. His relentless pressure and movement will wear down Aldo, as Frankie takes the unanimous decision.
: Edgar wins. His footwork will be too much en route to a five-round decision.
I’m rooting for Edgar.
I’m expecting a great fight. If Aldo gets his kicks and takedown defense, it’s going to be a third-round TKO for him. If Edgar uses his wrestling to control the fight, it will be a decision for Edgar.
I like Frankie in this one. I think he has the speed and the strength to compete with Aldo and has great wrestling and punching off his takedowns, as well.
: What a great matchup. As long as Aldo does not gas on Frankie, he should be able to bust him up real bad and defend his belt.
I believe the ouroboric snake will swallow its tail in this one.
: Frankie wins by outlasting, outpacing and outwrestling Aldo.
I like Frankie and Jose. I have all the respect in the world for them both, and they are phenomenal martial artists. I think Aldo will win, and leg kicks will be a factor.
I gotta go with Frankie. He’s the man.
I’m taking Edgar by close decision in a potential “Fight of the Year.”
I think Jose will win this one. His current unbeaten streak is a year longer then Anderson’s. I think Jose will utilize Thai kicks, and that will be the deciding factor in it.
Aldo wins by decision.
: This is the upcoming fight I am most looking forward to. Aldo is one of the most talented guys out there, and I think this is a very difficult fight for Frankie. He has to be completely aware and not lose focus for 25 minutes. That said, I think Frankie survives some early scares and uses his pace and nonstop movement to frustrate Aldo and become a two-division champ.
: Gonna go with Edgar in this one. Even though Aldo is extremely dangerous, Edgar is very durable and has the ability to put Aldo on his back. Also, cardio is one of Edgar’s best attributes, and it seems to come and go with Aldo. I got Edgar winning by decision.
I believe Aldo will win this fight. He is just so accurate and deadly with his knees, elbows and low kicks. Frankie will have the wrestling advantage, but Aldo is a finisher. Aldo wins by TKO by or before the end of round four.
People might think I’m crazy, but I’m going with Frankie on this one. Why? I’m going with him because of his wrestling and heart. Also, if I didn’t pick him, my teammate, Rad Martinez, would be very upset, as they were college teammates. It will be a brutal 25 minutes, but, in the end, Frankie will win a close decision. I predict a 48-47 unanimous decision.
: I got Edgar. Frankie’s wrestling abilities, his speed and the fact that he’s finally fighting at his natural weight should give him the edge.
Pros Picking Aldo: 12
Pros Picking Edgar: 12
No Pick: 7