UFC 156: Aldo Vs Edgar took place Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, and the main event was a the five round war the fans were clamoring for. When it was all said and done, it was Aldo who defended his belt by defeating Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision. The pair earned $50,000 for their handwork in the five round brawl.
Early in the fight, it was the speed of Aldo that dictated the early rounds in the match. Aldo seemed to have Edgar timed early in the bout, and was beating him eight times out of ten to the punch. Aldo used his jab and the low leg kicks to keep Edgar on the outside, and was able to bloody his nose early in the scrap. We also learned early that Edgar couldn’t get the fight to the floor, and the two times out of eleven he did get Aldo down, he would spring up like a top.
Edgar seemed to get more comfortable against Aldo later in the fight, and while it could be that’s when he finally figured Aldo out or it could be Aldo was just slowing down. Edgar certainly made the end of the bout interesting by landing more strikes than Aldo in rounds 4 and 5, but it was Aldo who was landing the harder shots and stopping his takedowns. While it was Edgar who clearly won round four, it was Aldo who controlled the pace and landed the harder shots in the other four rounds.
Jose Aldo was given the unanimous decision win (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) and remains the UFC Featherweight champion. You can catch the highlights below courtesy of FOX Sports.