Considering he’s the UFC champion, Frankie Edgar could possibly be the most underrated lightweight on the planet. Not only does he own an impressive 12-1 professional record while donning Octagon gold, but he captured his title by taking down BJ Penn – the baddest 155-pounder mixed martial arts has ever witnessed.
After accomplishing such an unthinkable feat, surely you sent your DVR into overdrive with the amount of times it must have been replayed in the Edgar household, right?
“Honestly, I really only watched it once and then I’ve been watching it here and there with my boxing coach and my teammates – just for studying for this next fight,” Edgar humbly told 5thRound.com. “I really don’t gloat in the glory, in other words, because you’re only as good as your last fight.”
Speaking of your last scrap, do you take more pride in the fact you became a UFC champ or that you took down the world’s top dog while he was still in his prime?
“I think they kind of go hand-in-hand. It’s tough to say which one’s better,” Edgar said of comparing the masterpieces. “I think the fact of how I got the title, beating the guy that’s considered the best lightweight ever, I think that’s probably the biggest accomplishment.”
Despite entering this Saturday’s UFC 118 rematch with hardware in hand, the Jersey boy will once again be a heavy underdog against the Hawaiian. Although his +250 status isn’t nearly as bad as the 5-to-1 underdog mark he received at UFC 112, fan boys have insisted Edgar is set to embark on a beatdown similar to what Matt Serra received at UFC 83 when Georges St-Pierre avenged his upset loss.
“I don’t know, man. We fought a 5Round decision, you know? It wasn’t like I caught BJ with a punch or a submission or anything like that,” Edgar said of his victory. “Who knows? It could be, man. It could be. Maybe [beating BJ] was a fluke, but I don’t think it was.”
Although there was plenty of controversy surrounding the scoring in his hotly contested 50-45, 48-47, 49-46 unanimous decision victory, two of the judges didn’t think the bout was even close. Taking into account the mystery that is MMA officiating, the champ knows Penn will look to be much more aggressive inside the TD Garden in Boston.
“I think he’s going to try and cut the ring off. He’s probably going to try to maybe go for a little more takedowns and utilize his tools more,” Edgar added. “Obviously, I’m going to try to do stuff to prevent that from happening.”
Obviously, this is gonna be one wicked do over.