“You’re seeing it across the board in all weight classes. Guys are getting more vocal. They’re just seeing what it’s done for Conor, so they’re trying to kind of make their voice heard. I think that’s what Aldo is doing… This guy is like I said. People are trying to talk. He’s just not that great at doing it, you know? He’s just trying to create buzz, and I get what he’s trying to do, but we all know he doesn’t fight injured. The guy pulls out of fights every other fight, so he definitely doesn’t fight injured. So we can just throw that one away. And everybody talks about how our fight was close. He wants to sit there and have this false sense of security? Maybe that’s why he’s trying to talk like this, because he’s dealing with this knockout loss. But, by all means, go ahead and go in there super confident.”
-Frankie Edgar criticizes Jose Aldo’s attempts to trash talk him into UFC 200 in an interview with MMAFighting.com.
Penick’s Analysis: It’s not necessarily a bad thing for fighters to try to ramp up their talking. If they do it well enough, it boosts the profile of their fights, and can open up opportunities that might not come if they stay silent. Of course not everyone does it well, and if it’s awkward or ineffectual then it doesn’t necessarily work for them. Edgar believes that’s the case here for Aldo, but even on that end none of the talk ultimately matters when it’s always been about following through in the cage. Talking is sometimes necessary to bring attention to a fight in order to show the most people what you can do, but talking for the sake of talking won’t ever really get a fighter anywhere.
[Frankie Edgar art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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