Another major fight has been made official for UFC 200, with Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar set to battle for the interim featherweight title in Las Vegas on July 9th.
Aldo and Edgar had both been calling for a title shot against current champion Conor McGregor, but with ‘The Notorious’ insisting on an immediate rematch with Nate Diaz at welterweight (which will headline UFC 200), the UFC have decided to let these two 145lb stars compete for the interim strap in the mean time.
The two men have fought before, with former lightweight champion Edgar having dropped down to featherweight to challenge Aldo when the Brazilian was the reigning champion at UFC 156 in February of 2013.
Aldo won the fight by unanimous decision, but Edgar has remained at 145lbs since and has laid down an impressive winning streak, earning five victories in a row against the likes of Charles Oliveira, BJ Penn, Cub Swanson, Urijah Faber and most recently Chad Mendes who he KO’d in the first round.
after defeating Edgar the first time, Aldo would go on to successfully defend his featherweight title a further three times against ‘The Korean Zombie’, Ricardo Lamas and Chad Mendes, but he finally came unstuck against Conor McGregor at UFC 194 last December, suffering a shock 13 second KO loss.
Aldo Vs Edgar II is a big fight for UFC 200, but at this stage it’s not been announced as the co-main event for the show, which suggests that the UFC may still have another big fight up their sleeves for this stacked card.
At this stage, what we do know is that McGregor Vs Diaz II and Aldo Vs Edgar II will be joined by Cain Velasquez Vs Travis Browne, Johny Hendricks Vs Kelvin Gastelum, Joe Lauzon Vs Diego Sanchez and Gegard Mousasi Vs Lorenz Larkin.