After much speculation, it appears the highly anticipated rematch between former lightweight king BJ Penn and newly-crowned champ Frankie Edgar will indeed headline UFC 118 inside the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
Penn stated last Tuesday in a video blog that Octagon brass had reached out to him to arrange an immediate mulligan, and FightersOnly spoke with sources close to the situation today that confirmed the scrap will go down on August 28th as expected.
Penn and Edgar battled for 25 grueling minutes in some of the most difficult rounds to score in mixed martial arts history. One extra jab here or a flurry there could have meant the difference between leaving Abu Dhabi with UFC gold or not.
Edgar did a masterful job in using his cat-like quickness to engage just long enough to land shots, while avoiding damage in return. The Jersey boy’s speed and movement kept Penn off balance for much of the contest, appearing to frustrate the former title holder as they entered the championship rounds.
Following the loss, Penn’s longtime coach, Rudy Valentino, stated Penn had suffered a sinus infection and was on antibiotics leading up to the fight – and that may have played a role in the Hawaiian’s sluggish performance.
Penn might not have had his mojo at UFC 112, but Edgar gladly took advantage by shocking the MMA world with a unanimous decision victory en route to capturing the lightweight title.
Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard are rumored to be their opening act on the pay-per-view broadcast. It’s believed that scrap would serve as a 155-pound top contender bout.