Frankie Edgar was forced to pull out of his featherweight title fight against Max Holloway which was slated for UFC 218 due to a facial injury.
The news came as a huge disappointment to Edgar, his camp and initially MMA fans around the world.
However, such is the nature of the game, one man’s loss is another man’s gain.
Jose Aldo has stepped in to replace Edgar in what is a move most unlike the Brazilian, who has beeen known to turn down short notice fights in the past. In this case, however, it is different because of the fact he was scheduled to face Ricardo Lamas in what was set to be his first non-title fight in over ten years at UFC on Fox 26, meaning he was already in training camp.
This means Aldo gets an immediate rematch with Holloway, who beat him to unify the 145 lbs division back at UFC 212 in the former champion’s hometown of Rio de Janeiro via third-round TKO.
For Frankie, so often the bridesmaid of the division, it will be tough to watch as he knows a golden opportunity to finally clinch that featherweight belt which has eluded him for so long goes abegging.
He admits as much in the interview below, where he also details the nasty sparring injury which rules him out of the fight.
Check it out for yourself: