Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on those that believed Frankie Edgar’s victory over BJ Penn this past April was a fluke. On Saturday night at UFC 118, the undersized lightweight champ not only defended his throne, but thoroughly dominated the man most consider to be the baddest to ever grace the division for the second consecutive time.
While the controversy caravan came storming through after Edgar stole the belt at UFC 112 with a UNANIMOUS decision win, the kid from Toms River, New Jersey used his superior speed and quickness once again to make the Hawaiian look slow and sluggish – leaving no doubt as to who the planet’s top dog is.
“I knew he was going to come in tough again. It was close the first time, I wanted to just make that point,” Edgar stated.
If “The Answer” was looking to send a message, it was heard crystal clearly to the tune of 50-45 on all three of the judges’ scorecards. After pulling off the unthinkable for the second straight time, Edgar not only expressed appreciation for his challenger, but credited him for being able to perform at such a high level.
“I feel like I can walk on water,” Edgar said of his immaculate outing. “First, I gotta thank BJ. He really brought the best out of me. Having to prepare for him for eight months has done nothing but bless my career.”
It could be argued that Edgar has swept all 10 rounds that he’s fought against the future Hall of Famer. In fact, one of the officials gave him all five rounds in their first meeting and another gave him four. The Jersey boy’s performance was so impressive inside TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday that it even left the division’s former king speechless.
“Frankie fought a great fight,” a disappointed Penn said. “He fought me twice and he walked away with a decision twice. What can I say?”
No need to say anything. Veteran voice of the Octagon Bruce Buffer said it best immediately after their lopsided 25-minute affair, “AAAnd STILL, UFC lightweight champion of the wooorld, Frankie “The Answer” Edgar!”