Frankie “The Answer” Edgar proved that his UFC 112 victory over BJ Penn, in which he captured the UFC Lightweight Championship, was no fluke. Edgar simply outclassed Penn over five rounds to make his first successful title defense and hold on to his lightweight crown.
Round one set the tempo for the entire fight; Edgar implemented a varied (both in timing and technique) and relentless attack that had Penn coming up short on answers. Right away Edgar employed a similar strategy against Penn to the one he scored with at UFC 112. The Tom’s River, New Jersey native landed effectively with crisp, quick punches before moving out to avoid being countered. “The Answer” also mixed kicks and takedowns into his ever-present offense, taking “The Prodigy” down several times throughout the fight and in a manner in which Penn is rarely treated. Penn mounted some offense in the form of effective jabs, a few leg kicks, counters, and even a few takedowns of his own but it was not enough to keep Edgar from dominating the overwhelming majority of the fight.
Gray Maynard looks to be next in line for Edgar, as he defeated fellow top contender Kenny Florian this evening to earn the number one contender’s spot. Maynard owns a unanimous decision win over Edgar (the only loss on the champion’s record) so it looks as though “The Answer” may once again defend his belt as the betting underdog. Edgar’s professional record improves to 13-1.
Penn is forced back to the drawing board after this defeat, his second in a row at lightweight. Considered by many to be the best lightweight in the world after his long and impressive tenure as champion, Penn has now fallen back to being only a contender in the division he once ruled. When he comes back, in what weight class (he mentioned recently a desire to compete at welterweight again) and against whom are all mysteries at this point, but whatever he does “The Prodigy” will need to return to action having made adjustments and having found serious motivation. The Hawaiian falls to 15-7-1 with the loss.