Jose Aldo says he had spies in Frankie Edgar’s training room at UFC 200
Following his win at UFC 200, Jose Aldo said he held back on throwing his patented vicious leg kicks because he knew his opponent, world-class wrestler Frankie Edgar, would be looking at his kicks as an opportunity to drag the fight to the ground.
What initially appeared to be crafty game planning is now looking more like sneaky gamesmanship, as Aldo revealed to MMAFighting’s Guilherme Cruz that he had a couple spies in Edgar’s locker room.
"If I kicked, he’d take me down," Aldo said, per Cruz. "We had a few spies from the other side, people that were training with him the entire week, and they always came and talked to us. So I had to stop kicking and my left hand, because he would counter on that."
"Of course I had (spies). Otherwise, why wouldn’t I kick? That’s my instinct," Aldo said. "So we always have a spy. We send someone to be a part of that training [room] and then they give us information. We get that information and know what they are training."
Fighters typically are separated into two training rooms at the host venue and hotel based on corner. And it looks like Aldo had no problem finding someone in the blue corner willing to tip him off to some of Edgar’s tactics.
For some reason, we aren’t convinced Aldo is the only fighter who has employed this strategy.