When I first watched the Edgar vs Aldo fight, I was expecting, and thought Aldo won the fight. Edgar had clearly taken alot of punishment, and though Aldo started to fade near the end (as usual) he did enough early on to win a clear decision. I had a flight to catch, and ended up rewatching the fight, and now I think Edgar won the fight. By won the fight, I mean MMA is a sport in which contestants win or lose rounds, and I'm convinced Edgar won more rounds than Aldo. My initial impression was that Aldo clearly won the first two rounds, while Edgar clearly won the last 2. I rewatched, paying close attention to round 3, and realized Edgar clearly out scored Aldo. When I looked up the metrics here:
They confirmed this. Its really kind of tragic (well as far as pro sports go), because this win would have made Edgar the third person to ever hold belts in two divisions, and drastically change his earning potential, as well as legacy. I also think Edgar won the rematch with Henderson, which would make him the first fighter to ever hold belts in two weight divisions at the same time. The whole situation is incredibly unfair.
Did Aldo do more damage? Yes. But this is a sport where the winner is determined by rounds, and Edgar won more rounds. I'm really surprised more people aren't talking about this.
Frankie Edgar: the first fighter to ever hold belts in two weight divisions at the same time.