UFC 200: Frankie Edgar ‘highly doubts’ Jose Aldo has ever fought injured

UFC 200: As part of the stacked UFC 200 lineup, Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar will lock horns once again, this time for the interim featherweight title. Aldo defeated Edgar by unanimous decision back in 2013 to successfully defend his belt, which he’s since lost to Conor McGregor. It’s expected that the winner of this match will either face McGregor next, or Conor will vacate his title and either Aldo or Edgar will be promoted to full champion status.

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With the fight just one month away, there was a rumor that the Brazilian had suffered an injury in training camp, but Aldo squashed those rumblings and insisted he’ll make it to fight night. Aldo’s history of fight withdrawals is something that Edgar is fully aware of, as their original UFC 153 matchup was postponed when Jose injured himself in a motorcycle accident. “The Answer” made note of this in an interview with Fox Sports. Stream UFC 200

“We were supposed to fight earlier and he had a little boo-boo on his foot from a motorcycle accident and we had to reschedule. I highly doubt he’s ever fought injured,” Edgar said. “If he did, he must fight injured all the time because how much does this guy pull out of fights?”

Aldo has pulled out of fights against Josh Grispi (UFC 125), Erik Koch (UFC 149), Edgar (UFC 153), Chad Mendes (UFC 176), and most recently Conor McGregor (at UFC 189). Edgar is obviously focusing on the Aldo fight, but is confident that he’ll be prepared in case his opponent can’t make the fight date once again.

“I’m just trying to focus on him but I won’t be surprised if that happens, obviously,” Edgar said. “You’re seeing it happen in every weight class, not just us, but especially with Aldo. Anything can happen.

“I’m just going to train hard for Aldo and if we need to make an adjustment, we can do it on the fly.”

UFC 200 is set for July 9th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2 is the main event, while Brock Lesnar makes his return to MMA competition with a co-main event showdown against the heavy-handed Mark Hunt

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Fil-Am fighter Mark Muñoz included in UFC’s 200 greatest fighters

UFC 200: As a lead up to the UFC 200 pay-per-view event, the promotion has complied a list of fighters who carved a significant niche in the league Retired Filipino-American stalwart Mark Muñoz has been recognized by the Ultimate Fighting Championship as one of the organization’s 200 greatest fighters of all time.

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As a lead up to the UFC 200 pay-per-view event on July 9, the promotion has complied a list of fighters who carved a significant niche in the league.

Determined by a panel of experts and the overall consensus of UFC fans, the partial results were revealed through a special 6-part countdown series that began on Thursday, June 2.

The 38-year-old native of Mission Viejo, California had a 6-year tenure in the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) company and managed to land on the No. 179 spot of the rankings.Countless MMA competitors have tried to conclude their prizefighting runs on a high note, but most failed dismally. UFC 200 Fight Card

Mark Muñoz is one of the few who managed to execute a storybook epilogue to his professional career triumphantly.

(READ: Mark Muñoz goes out on his own terms)

“The Filipino Wrecking Machine” turned back the clock to dominate young English middleweight Luke Barnatt in his farewell fight at UFC Fight Night 66 in May 2015.

Although he was coming off 3-straight stoppage setbacks, Muñoz returned to top physical form as he overpowered Barnatt over 3 rounds to sweep the judges’ sheets with the scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 30-27.

Muñoz overwhelmed Barnatt from start to finish with repetitive takedowns and solid overhand rights to negate the length and height leverage.

The pro-Muñoz crowd at Pasay City’s SM Mall of Asia Arena erupted in the dying seconds of the third round when he scored a single-leg takedown and concluded it with his signature “Donkey Kong” ground-and-pound.
“This is something I dreamed about and I hoped for,” Muñoz said. “I know I didn’t accomplish what I wanted to accomplish in the cage, but I invested a lot of my time in lives. I’ve been able to help change lives and impact lives in a positive way. That’s what I’m here for.” – Rappler.com

UFC 200: Holly Holm says she’s ready for Ronda Rousey rematch in landmark event

UFC 200: UFC women’s bantamweight champion of the world Holly Holm has said that she is willing to wait for her rematch with Ronda Rousey for some more months, if the company decides to keep the championship match in the UFC 200 fight card.

The former decorated pro boxer stunned the world as she became the first woman in the history of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) to defeat Rousey via a KO (knockout). Holm, 34, achieved the feat in the main event of UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, last month.The talk of the town following the fight has been of an instant rematch, with several UFC fans around the world joining the chorus. Rousey, on her part, also announced earlier that she would be busy with filming after UFC 193, and would not be available until June next year.

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Therefore, taking everything into perspective, it looks like UFC 200, the company’s landmark event that is scheduled to take place in July, is the most likely destination for the rematch.

“If it’s UFC 200, then the rematch is great,” Holm told Fox Sports US.

UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta has also meanwhile revealed that negotiations are on with Holm’s management team currently on whether the rematch could see the light of the day in UFC 200.

“I think it will be the biggest fight in UFC history. We certainly believe that as a company,” the UFC supremo said in an interview with Sporting News. I think the world will be interested in a rematch because it was a huge upset. So many people thought Ronda was just completely invincible. To see her get beat like that was a shock. They want to see if she can come back.

“We’d like to make that fight happen in July at UFC 200. We’re still talking to Holly’s management team to figure out whether that works for them. We should know in the near future.”

The former champion, Rousey, in her first media interaction post UFC 193, stated that she is itching for a rematch with Holm, to get the title back.

“I need to come back,” Rousey said to ESPN last week. “I need to beat this chick [Holm]. Who knows if I’m going to pop my teeth out or break my jaw or rip my lip open again. I have to f**king do it. It doesn’t matter. I have to do it.

“I just feel so embarrassed,” Rousey continued. “How I fought after that is such an embarrassing representation of myself. I wasn’t even f**king there.”

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