Jose Aldo has revealed the real reason why he did not use his infamous kicking game in his interim featherweight title clash against Frankie Edgar.
The Brazilian beat Edgar by unanimous decision to claim the interim 145-pound title at UFC 200 and earn himself a rematch against Conor McGregor.
But he admitted that he had a spy in Edgar’s camp in the build-up to the fight, telling MMA Fighting that he knew the type of strategy that his opponent, nicknamed ‘The Answer’, would use.
“If I kicked, he’d take me down. We had a few spies from the other side, people that were training with him the entire week, and they always came and talked to us. So I had to stop kicking and using my left hand, because he would counter on that,” revealed Aldo.
Aldo also revealed that it is not the first time he has used the spying tactic, adding: “We always have a spy. We send someone to be a part of that training [room] and then they give us information. We get that information and know what they are training.
“Thank God it always happens, man. We always have Brazilians in the other corners. When I go train on the first day, I also see the list of cornermen. And, if there’s a Brazilian, we go after him and ask him to take a look, because that helps a lot.”
Edgar’s trainer, Mark Henry, was unflustered by Aldo’s comments, however, and told MMA Fighting that he should have given his fighter better instructions to get the victory.
“I don’t care. I couldn’t care less. I think we should have been able to adjust anyway. I believe I should have adjusted no matter what he did. I should have been smart enough to adjust. Right after the fight was over, there were 20 things I thought about that I should have adjusted.”