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Frankie Edgar vs BJ Penn UFC 118 Results and Observations

November 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The result of the rematch between Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn for the UFC lightweight championship was almost the same as what we saw at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi. Back then, Edgar used his quickness and all-around fighting skills to beat Penn by a close unanimous decision. Edgar grabbed the UFC lightweight belt from Penn but the upset win was deemed a fluke. Dana White, who is not a fan of immediate rematches, then decided to stage the rematch as soon as possible.

At the TD Garden on Saturday, Edgar retained his lightweight crown in dominating fashion. Penn looked uninspired while Edgar clearly was the better fighter in all areas. Edgar scored takedowns against Penn who is one of the best takedown defenders in the UFC. Edgar used his quickness to connect punches and kicks while Penn could hardly catch up with his quickness.

Penn should at this point evaluate his options. Although he is considered one of the best lightweight fighters in the UF, he may no longer be the best lightweight today. Frankie Edgar has validated his spot as the best lightweight today. A rematch with Gray Maynard who earlier defeated Kenny Florian should be interesting. Maynard is the only fighter who has dealt Edgar a career loss in his young MMA career.

Maynard will be fighting a different Frankie Edgar who has vastly improved each fight. For UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar, avenging his lone loss by beating Maynard conviningly will surely be on his mind.

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