The debate regarding who should be BJ Penn’s next opponent just came to an end as UFC president Dana White confirmed that Frankie Edgar has earned the nod to fight for Penn’s crown.
White told Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com of Edgar’s top contender status today in New York.
The door was open for Maynard to leapfrog into a 5Round affair with the Hawaiian, however his less than spectacular split decision win over Nate Diaz at “UFC Fight Night 20” on Monday night took him out of the title picture.
When the 155-pound bout was originally put together, most MMA pundits believed that if Maynard had impressively gotten past Diaz he was next in line, especially if you take into account that Maynard handed Edgar his only professional blemish by taking a unanimous decision over the Jersey boy in April 2008.
What didn’t help matters was Maynard’s coach and UFC Hall of Famer, Randy Couture, who suggested a little more “experience” might be the best medicine for Maynard, however added that what his protege learned Monday night would serve him well in a future fight against Penn.
At the same time, Maynard wasn’t really pushing for one either as he said, “If they want me to (fight Penn), I guess I will.”
To quote the late/great Mr. Miyagi, “Either you karate do ‘yes’ or karate do ‘no.’ You karate do ‘guess so,’ squish just like grape.”
Guess not as White feels Edgar’s dominating 11-1 mark, 7-1 inside the Octagon, has earned him the right to a tango with Penn, despite of the W Maynard hangs over his head.