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From UFC 200, Tales of a Fight That Went Wrong


Frankie Edgar, featherweight contender at UFC 200 and owner of a UFC Gym in New Jersey, gets prepped before his fight last Saturday.

“Let’s go, Frankie. Let’s go Frankie. Let’s go Frankie,” roars the crowd at the UFC 200 last Saturday as Frankie Edgar took on Jose Aldo. Franchise Times is here as guests of UFC Gym, the franchise that features mixed martial arts training with its own octagon, and Edgar is a new owner of a New Jersey Gym, so this is our guy.

Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar are featherweight fighters, 145 pounds, on the maincard, and Edgar is the former lightweight champion who used to fight at 155. Edgar and Aldo are fast, light on their feet, and Edgar tries to get at Aldo over and over with high kicks and punches, but Aldo keeps dancing away so there’s not much contact.

“You should consider this to be MMA, mixed martial arts, at its finest,” says Ben Larson, who is on our editorial team to provide insider knowledge. Aldo is taller, and keeps dancing away and then luring Edgar in where Aldo then lands punch after punch. Edgar is soon bleeding down the right side of his face.

Edgar’s moves are dramatic—high kicks, a back roundhouse—as he’s known as one of the most versatile fighters around, but he can’t get at Aldo. The crowd is on Frankie’s side, but this one goes to Aldo. The UFC Gym crowd is deflated—but only until the next fight begins.

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