The current UFC featherweight title challenger Brian Ortega shocked the world when he became the first man to ever finish the legendary veteran, Frankie Edgar at UFC 222. Everyone has since stated their opinion about the fight and how Edgar made a few mistakes and Ortega capitalised on them. Former UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo has now voiced out his opinion and claimed that Edgar made a huge mistake at UFC 223, and has also given his views about the upcoming title bout between the champion, Max Holloway and Ortega.
Edgar had lost the bout via knock-out due to a brutal uppercut. Ortega’s title shot was later confirmed by UFC president Dana White.
Aldo recently gave an interview to the Brazilian show, Giro Combate. In the interview he said the following things:
It’s a new generation that’s coming in, age comes for everyone, and it’s normal to have this sort of rotation. To me, it wasn’t (surprising). I just thought it was a mistake on Edgar’s end to fight (Ortega), who’s a very tough guy. He would have fought for the title, risked that and lost. Now he’s all the way back there again.
I think that was his biggest mistake. But I wasn’t surprised with the loss. That’s part of it. When you go in there, anyone can come out victorious, whether it’s via knockout or points, and that’s part of fighting.
It’s a very even fight, I think. Both have very similar reaches. In the striking department, too, I don’t see any of them as a specialist. The one speciality I see is Ortega’s guillotine, which is very strong. But Max won’t take him down. He’ll stand. So the fight will be decided on the feet.
For me, a better scenario would be for Brian to win, because this way I know I have big chances of fighting for the title again.
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