Frankie Edgar has had some stern words for his opponent at UFC 200, Jose Aldo.
The pair are set to clash for the Interim UFC Featherweight title on the main card of one of the biggest shows in UFC history.
They originally met way back at in February 2013 at UFC 156, that was for the Featherweight Championship, then held by Jose Aldo. They have always seemed on good terms, especially after they went five hard rounds for the title.
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Edgar, though, has recently been irked by some comments made by Aldo back in April. During a media event to promote UFC 200, Aldo seemed to find it funny that Edgar believed their first meeting was a close contest:
"Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? No way," he said. "I haven’t watched it anymore because I know I easily won that. I won that only with my left arm.
"I don’t know where he saw that. You can say he won the fifth round and that’s it, but I won the other four. I won, no doubt."
Edgar responded by pointing out that Aldo's character has changed since his feud with UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor last year.
Edgar told Fox Sports:
"It's definitely out of character. I don't know if it's someone saying it for him or what, but it doesn't even make sense some of the stuff he's saying.
"He needs to think maybe about how it's coming out a little bit. He's calling Conor McGregor "soap hands", you can't say that about someone that knocked you out with one punch. It doesn't make sense to me."
He then focused his attention on Aldo's injury issues, which have resulted in him pulling out of numerous contests in recent years, including two of his last three pay-per-view events in the U.S.
"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?"
Rumours surfaced online this week that Aldo may once again be injured, but the Brazilian was quick to quash them and claimed he would definitely be at UFC 200.
It would be a shame if this fight was cancelled or re-arranged again, as it truly is one of the outstanding fights on the card.