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B.J. Penn Seems Mildly Excited About Fighting Frankie Edgar

We were waiting for B.J. Penn to film a video blog in a parking garage at the Las Vegas airport to let us know how he feels about defending his title against Frankie Edgar at UFC 112, and lo and behold, here it is.  Penn says he thinks Edgar is "a very good opponent" with "a lot of big wins," and he’s generally pretty pleased with the bout.  He doesn’t exhibit the kind of fire that he might if he were getting Georges St. Pierre or Matt Hughes again, but what do you expect? 

Still, the muted though positive reaction from Penn forces us to consider the gradual decline in pre-fight heat from "The Prodigy" as his fights have gotten less personal and less challenging all at the same time.  Remember when he fought Sean Sherk in May of 2008?  Penn couldn’t get through an interview without painting him as an immoral cheater who deserved Wild West-style justice.  Then it was GSP, who he was ready to fight to the death, followed by Greasegate text message denier Kenny Florian, who he says he punished a little more than necessary, and lastly it was Diego Sanchez, who he really had nothing against

Now, it’s Edgar.  A good opponent with some good wins.  Okay, fine.  Why not?  He isn’t getting any younger, and it’s already been more than a month since he’s licked anyone else’s blood off his gloves.

Bonus: After the jump, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta explain to street hustler Mike Straka why Gray Maynard isn’t getting a shot at the title.

Skip to the 6:15 mark to hear the discussion about the next lightweight title challenger. Or don’t.  What do we care?  It’s your life.

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Robocop Didnt Tap- January 14, 2010 at 5:38 am
Dana looks a little constipated in the still image for the video.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Edgar upsets BJ after BJ falls asleep during their fight. Edgar will still have trouble putting BJ away even when BJ's taking a siesta.
petro- January 13, 2010 at 4:39 pm
After Edgar BJ is gonna ask for GSP, and it'll be hard for Dana to say no. I think that's been BJ's strat all along - clean out a division, then take about 6 months to gain a bit of weight and strength for a superfight w/ GSP, and then retire after.
Endocat- January 13, 2010 at 4:24 pm
BJ beat gomi before he was even in Pride
mma samurai- January 13, 2010 at 4:06 pm
Can you really blame BJ for being so chill these day? Who does he really have to challenge him? He's wiped out the division. He's gonna smash Edgar. He'll destroy Maynard when/if he ever steps up and gets his shot. If Gomi could get back into his Pride fashion that would be interesting although BJ already beat him when he was the king of Pride. That leaves little to choose from except rematches with people he's already spanked. What does BJ have to get all fired up about any more? Maybe there is an up and comer we don't know about yet that can give him a run for his money. Til then BJ is king
superflat- January 13, 2010 at 3:51 pm
Don't know why I hadn't thought about it, but a Penn Hughes fight makes a lot of sense right now. Penn probably wins, but people tune in, feed Penn another welterweight if that's the weight he wants to fight at, and if he manages that give him one more shot at St. Pierre.
smackemyakem- January 13, 2010 at 3:20 pm
Straka? Straka, Straka, *Strike Her*!
fedoromics- January 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm
i like penn's new attitude. he's just out there to fight and, for the most part, put on a good show. the minute he starts "i kill you" this and "i have no respect for you" that it makes ufc look a little more like the wwf.

*insert brock lesnar joke here*
fiveforfive- January 13, 2010 at 2:38 pm
Is it cold in here or is it just Mike Straka?