Since losing to Jose Aldo at UFC 156, Frankie Edgar has won each of his last five fights. Edgar will try to exact some revenge on Jose Aldo this Saturday in one of the most highly anticipated fights on the UFC 200 card.
Edgar is a -120 betting favorite to win this rematch at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Aldo will try to avoid a second straight loss as a slight underdog going off at -110.
Edgar's loss to Aldo was his third straight in UFC action, and it seemed to spark an evolution for the featherweight. Always a talented wrestler, Edgar has become a more polished striker over the last three years, helping him to score knockout wins against B.J. Penn and Chad Mendes over his last four fights.
Edgar will have a chance to prove that these strides forward are legitimate with a win against one of the top fighters in the UFC when he hits the Octagon this weekend.
Aldo saw an 18-fight win streak come to a crashing halt at UFC 194 last December, getting knocked out by Conor McGregor in just 13 seconds. Aldo had been bet down to a pick'em in the week leading up to that fight, but the quick loss served as a blow to his momentum. In 27 career MMA fights, Aldo is 25-2 with 14 knockouts, including a 7-1 record in the UFC.
With McGregor giving up the featherweight title to fight Nate Diaz for a second time, this fight will be for the interim title. For Aldo, this bout serves as a chance to bounce back from the McGregor loss and to re-establish himself as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
For Edgar, this title shot is a culmination of an impressive three-year run and a chance to emerge as the top threat to McGregor in the featherweight division.
The first fight between these two fighters ended in a unanimous decision win for Aldo. Edgar's improved striking should make this a more evenly matched bout as both fighters should be comfortable both standing and on the mat.