When Frankie Edgar fought Jose Aldo the first time at UFC 155 in February 2013, it was his debut in the 145-pound division. He was coming off back-to-back losses to Benson Henderson in lightweight title fights. When the two meet against at UFC 200 in July, Edgar says things will be different.
“Three years have passed. I’m a different fighter. He’s a different fighter. This time around I have the momentum. I’m coming off win streak where last time it was different. I feel like I’m just going to take that momentum to the title,” he said during a UFC 200 press conference in New York on Wednesday.
Edgar is riding a five-fight winning streak, including finishes over B.J. Penn, Cub Swanson, and Chad Mendes. Aldo is coming off his first career loss since 2005. He was knocked out by Conor McGregor at UFC 194 in December.
Aldo defeated Edgar by unanimous decision in 2013, but Edgar says that’s not going to happen when the two meet again at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“I’m ready. I’m going to be ready. It’s totally different this time, and I’m walking home with that belt.”