Do you know someone that not only crashes every event that you host, but manages to steal the spotlight as well? Regardless of how diligent you are in ensuring they never see the Evite, you open up your eyes and there they are? That’s kinda the role Frankie Edgar plays in former lightweight king BJ Penn’s life.
Despite the fact Edgar will be entering UFC 118 with title belt in tow, Penn remains the card’s biggest draw and most popular contestant – even topping Beantown’s very won Kenny Florian in applause during Friday’s weight-ins. It’s a role the Hawaiian has become quite accustomed to during his tenure as the planet’s baddest 155-pounder. However, that came to a screeching halt when Edgar stole his thunder at UFC 112 this past April.
The undersized upset specialist did a masterful job in using his lightning-fast footwork 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 their 5round affair, appearing to frustrate the former title holder as they entered the championship rounds.
“Yeah, I guess you could say it surprised me a little bit,” Edgar told 5thRound.com of his ability to constantly beat Penn to the punch. “I knew he was fast, he’s still very fast. I don’t know if I’m faster or just better timing or what. I hope to have a repeat performance in that aspect.”
The Gambling Gods once again ain’t trying to hearing that noise, as the champ will be a 2.5-to-1 underdog when he steps inside TD Garden in Boston tonight (he was a 5-to-1 ‘dog in their first meeting). Frankie says Relax, because he single-handedly flipped the lightweight division upside down the last time he was in this position.
So, all this really means is that you’ll finally be favored in a trilogy if you topple Penn again tonight, right?
“I guess so,” Edgar said while chuckling. “With the odds going like that, I guess that’s how it’ll work out, but hopefully this is it.
“Hopefully there’s no number three.”
The only reason Edgar vs. Penn III would ever come to fruition is if the challenger is able to knot things up. If BJ recaptures his mojo, as well as the strap, how quickly would you expect a rematch considering Penn received his immediately despite suffering a UNANIMOUS decision loss in your first foray?
“I don’t know. It’s up to the UFC brass, I guess you could say,” Edgar expressed. “Would it make for a pretty epic third fight? Yeah, I’m sure it would, but it all depends on how this fight goes.”
The curtain on the pay-per-view broadcast will be drawn tonight at 10PM ET/7PM PT. Let’s see if the champion can overcome his co-star status and steal the spotlight once again.