The two previously fought at UFC 156 in February 2013 with Aldo winning by unanimous decision. He did the same on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Edgar pressured Aldo throughout the fight, but the Brazilian was too elusive and too fast. Edgar was unable to take Aldo down a single time, and was forced to stand with the striking standout.
Aldo landed the cleaner strikes, opening up a cut above and below Edgar’s right eye and bloodying the former lightweight titleholder’s nose.
It was Aldo first Octagon appearance since losing the 145-pound belt to Conor McGregor in December. It was his first loss in a decade. McGregor was sitting in the front row at the event, and after the fight Aldo told the Irishman, “you’re next.” During his post-fight interview, Aldo also turned his attention to McGregor.
“Frankie’s a great athlete. I respect everyone, but I have one goal, and that’s too beat this guy (McGregor). You can bet the next time I come in here I’m going to beat him,” he said.
McGregor is scheduled to face Nate Diaz in a rematch at UFC 202 in August in a welterweight bout. He’s expected to move back down to the featherweight division and face Aldo in a unification fight following the Diaz match.