Frankie Edgar shocked the world last Saturday at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi when he dethroned lightweight king BJ Penn to win the UFC lightweight championship belt. Edgar fought the perfect fight and scored points by combining rapid head movement with technical footwork to land solid leg kicks and punch combinations. The two fighters stayed on their feet for the majority of the bout and traded strikes for the entire five rounds. The result was a razor-thin fight ending with a heavily contested unanimous decision nod to New Jersey native Frankie Edgar.
Due to the controversy that has arisen surrounding the scoring of the bout, many, including BJ Penn, are clamoring for an immediate rematch between the two. Frankie Edgar told MMAJunkie.com why he thinks that his first defense should come against the last man to defeat him: Gray Maynard.
“You’d have to say so,” Edgar said when asked if he thought Gray Maynard should be first in line to challenge for his belt. “He has a win over me.”
Although he may not see the necessity for an immediate rematch with BJ Penn, Edgar understands the proud Hawaiian’s desire for that fight.
“It doesn’t surprise me,” Edgar said. “He’s a very competitive person. He feels he’s the best fighter, so I’m sure he wants to prove that.”
For now, though, Edgar sees himself as the best fighter and he feels like the belt, despite fitting a bit loosely, is residing with its rightful owner.
“Do I think I won every round? It wasn’t like I definitely won every round,” Edgar said. “I guess if my team or my mom was looking at it, she might have thought I won every round. But it was close. I still feel I won the majority of the rounds.”
“UFC 112: Invincible” took place on April 10th, at the Concert Arena in Ferrari World on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.