The superfight which will welcome former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar to the featherweight division has finally been re-booked. It was announced today and confirmed by UFC president Dana White that Edgar will make his featherweight debut at UFC 156 in a featherweight title match with champion Jose Aldo.
The news was announced Tuesday on UFC Tonight. UFC 156 will take place on February 2nd in Las Vegas.
There has been a lot of hype surrounding this potential matchup since it was first announced in August.
“I’m pumped,” UFC president Dana White told USA Today at the time. “I think that people are going to be very excited for this fight. This is not only a world title fight but also a superfight that has long been a dream match for many fans.
“Aldo and Edgar are two fantastic fighters who are always a part of the pound-for-pound debate.”
UFC 156 was originally slated to take place on January 19th but plans have changed and the event in Brazil will not be a numbered event. The UFC’s Super Bowl weekend show will instead get the numerical name and host the featherweight title fight.
It is a fight that fans have long been clamoring for and it will be great to finally see Edgar down at his natural weight class.
It will also be interesting to see how Aldo performs in the cage after taking more than a year away from action. Aldo last fought on January 15th at UFC 142 when he knocked out Team Alpha Male’s Chad Mendes with one second remaining in the first-round. The knockout remains as the only blemish on Mendes’ record.