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Edgar drops down to meet champion Aldo at UFC 156

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSFrankie Edgar forced B.J. Penn to defend himself throughout Saturday's main event at UFC 118.
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    Frankie Edgar forced B.J. Penn to defend himself throughout Saturday's main event at UFC 118.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESSMark Hominick, of Thamesford, Ontario, left, trades blows with Brazil's Jose Aldo during their featherweight title fight in a UFC 129 in Toronto on Saturday, April 30, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
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    Mark Hominick, of Thamesford, Ontario, left, trades blows with Brazil's Jose Aldo during their featherweight title fight in a UFC 129 in Toronto on Saturday, April 30, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

BURBANK, Calif.>>  As the first featherweight champion the UFC has ever recognized, Jose Aldo occupies a unique niche in mixed martial arts history.

Frankie Edgar is one fight away from earning a rare distinction of his own when they meet at UFC 156 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Edgar could add the 145-pound title to the 155-pound lightweight belt he once held, putting him alongside Randy Couture and B.J. Penn as the only fighters to win championships in two weight classes.

Yet Edgar is an underdog again in his seventh consecutive UFC title fight, while the dominant Aldo faces arguably his toughest test as a champion after fighting just once in 2012.

The undercard of the UFC’s annual Super Bowl-adjacent show features tests for Rashad Evans and Alistair Overeem.

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