Before I get started, this isn't meant to be a "Frankie will destroy Aldo" type of thread or even necessarily a "Edgar will win" thread. A lot of people are saying things like that Frankie doesn't stand a chance, that he has no advantages over Aldo, or that Jose is going to easily finish him in the first round. I'm going to take some statements that are thrown around and refute them. 1. Frankie doesn't even deserve the title shot, he hasn't fought at the weight and is coming off of two losses. This one is a legitimate point, which is why I wanted to address it first. Even as a Edgar fan, I believe that he should have had to win at least a fight or two before being given this opportunity, but his last fight was very close and most of the fans and MMA media scored the fight for Frankie. I really don't want to dwell on that decision too much, my point is that the above circumstances don't really mean anything in regard to how Edgar is going to do against Aldo. 2. We don't know how the weight cut will affect Edgar. Frankie rarely ever weighed more than 160lbs. on fight night when fighting at lightweight, even with a strength and conditioning centered camp. He also said he didn't even really diet to stay around that weight. At the most, Edgar is going to be cutting 10-12 pounds. That can be done in a day, fairly easily. Frankie wrestled in college, I'm sure he remembers how to cut weight. I wouldn't be surprised if he actually slims down a bit and doesn't even need to cut 10 pounds. This is a non issue. 3. Jose Aldo will tear Frankie Edgar apart with leg kicks like he did to Faber. Edgar has gotten very good at catching leg kicks. Edgar also has good counters and wrestling, I doubt Aldo will even bother throwing very many unless they are part of a combination because he doesn't want to be taken down off of a kick that Frankie catches. 4. Jose Aldo will KO Edgar quickly. This could happen, but I really doubt it. Edgar has been hit with huge punches from Maynard and the upkick from Bendo and wasn't KOed by them. Aldo has great power at FW and is a very talented striker, but even if he does manage to hurt Frankie I don't think he would be able to finish him off because Frankie recovers so well. 5. Aldo is better on the ground too. I'm aware that Aldo has done well in pure grappling matches, but that doesn't necessarily mean his BJJ will be effective in MMA. I'm not saying it isn't, I'm just saying we really don't know one way or the other until we see it utilized in a fight. The one time we did see him on his back he was exhausted and just taking the round off because he knew he was up on the scorecards, and Edgar has never been submitted in his career. We won't know why has the grappling advantage until they fight, but I'd actually give the edge to Edgar right now, he's taken down Maynard and BJ. 6. Jose Aldo is on another level than Edgar. Frankie held and defended a belt in a heavier weightclass, despite been smaller than Jose is. I also think that Edgar has better wins in Maynard, BJ, and even Sherk than Jose has over Faber, Mendes, and Florian. In my opinion Edgar is the best fighter that Aldo has ever been up against, while I'm not sure that's true the other way around. I see the fight being competitive throughout and ending in a fairly close decision. At the moment I'm leaning toward Edgar but am well aware of what a beast Aldo and I'm certainly not confident enough in my pick to put money on it.