Aldo edges Edgar in decision victory

Jose Aldo secured a rematch with Conor McGregor by notching up a unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200.

Having seen his decade-long undefeated streak ended by Conor McGregor at UFC 194, a loss which cost him his featherweight title, Aldo was a man on a mission. McGregor meanwhile looked on from ringside.

Edgar too had a point to prove, having been consistently overlooked for a title shot since he lost to Aldo in February 2013. The 34-year-old went on a five-fight winning streak following that defeat, but Aldo once again proved too much for him.

In the first round, Edgar looked to use his kicks to inflict early damage on Aldo who was happy to keep his distance. After the early aggression and control from Edgar, Aldo made some inroads with a left late on. In the first round it might have been Edgar who was very busy, but Aldo made his strikes count.

A left from Aldo early in the second opened up a cut just above Edgar’s right eye as the intensity went up a notch with the fighters trading rights. It was Aldo again who made his work count, catching Edgar with a knee before landing a right as his opponent regained his footing as the second round came to an end.

Edgar ended the third round with a busted nose to add to the cut above his eye, and while his face was taking a pounding from some accurate strikes from Aldo, the New Jersey native was certainly in what was an incredibly close fight which saw early scorecards divided.

It was Edgar who continued to be the more active of the fighters, but after landing a few blows it was Aldo who opened up another cut, this time below Edgar’s right eye, with a great combination. While the opening three rounds were tight, round four certainly belonged to Aldo.

Edgar looked to make up for whatever lost ground there might be in the fifth and final round, but couldn’t quite find the mark when required, and it was down to the judges to call a fight that could go either way.

It was Aldo who scored the victory though, with the judges seeing the fight 49-46, 49-46, 48-47 in favour of the new interim featherweight champion who will now fight McGregor for a second time.