Frankie Edgar Prefers “More Time” Before Rematch Against BJ Penn

Written by Tom Ngo
April 14th, 2010

If former lightweight king BJ Penn and UFC brass are motivated to arrange an immediate rematch with Frankie Edgar, the newly minted champ states that he’s down. Although if Edgar could have his way, the mulligan wouldn’t be until a few months after the birth of his second son.

“If anybody’s earned a rematch, it’s BJ,” Edgar told Sherdog.com on Tuesday night. “He’s a legend at 155. I’m ready for it if that’s definitely going to happen. I’m the champion. I don’t get to pick who I fight; they tell me who I fight.”

Edgar was a 5-to-1 underdog entering Saturday’s UFC 112 contest, but managed to shock the MMA world by using his speed and quickness to keep Penn off balance. Although each of the 5Rounds were very difficult to score, Edgar managed to take home the unanimous decision win.

“It was definitely a close fight, but I truly do feel I won,” said Edgar, “There’s going to be people that think one way and people that think the other, but all three judges felt I won.”

Yesterday morning, Cagepotato.com spoke with Penn’s longtime coach, Rudy Valentino, and was told the Hawaiian was suffering through a sinus infection and was on antibiotics leading up to the championship affair.

According to Sherdog’s report, the rematch is being considered for either August 28th at the TD Garden in Boston or August 7th, possibly in the champ’s hometown of New Jersey.

Although there’s nothing Edgar would love more than to make his first title defense in his own backyard, it’s much more important for him to be there and support his expanding family.

“Honestly, I’d like a little bit more time,” Edgar said of an August meeting. “My wife’s due in mid to late June. And again, I want to improve. I want be different every fight. I want to be ready. I know if I get a rematch, BJ’s going to be coming better than ever, so I want to be able to make sure that I can too, for me and the fans.”

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