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Frankie Edgar Is Next In Line To Get Beat Up By B.J. Penn

(Frankie Edgar is looking into your soul, and he is not impressed.)

We can’t say we didn’t see this coming.  After Gray Maynard‘s lackluster win over Nate Diaz on last night’s UFC Fight Night 20, Dana White tells that Frankie Edgar will get the next shot at lightweight champ B.J. Penn, tentatively scheduled for UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi this April.  Edgar last fought at the TUF 10 Finale on December 10, where he submitted Matt Veach with a rear naked choke in the second round.  Funny, we don’t recall a chorus of voices rising up in the wake of that victory to declare Edgar the consensus number one contender, but maybe that’s just because we didn’t watch the fight in New Jersey.

But seriously, you don’t have to be a genius to figure out that Edgar earned this shot primarily by process of elimination.  After Penn smoked Diego Sanchez, it came down to Edgar or Maynard.  Fortunately for Edgar, "The Bully" managed to win in the least impressive fashion possible, so he gets the shot by default, even though Maynard ran through him with relative ease at UFC Fight Night 13. 

Is it kind of unfair that a guy Maynard beat, who’s coming off a win over a relative UFC novice, is getting the shot just because his own win wasn’t quite exciting enough?  No, it’s not kind of unfair.  It’s totally unfair.  But that’s life in the fight game.  Video of Dana White explaining the thin rationale behind the fight, as well as why he decided to sell 10% of his company essentially to the government of Abu Dhabi, is after the jump.

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Hulk Smash- January 15, 2010 at 12:48 am
@ intercept440 - dude, i agree that skillwise it's anybody's game between gsp and silva. keep in mind that gsp would have to gain mass while silva has to lose about 35 lbs to make the 185 cut. thirty-five pounds. plus, after weigh-ins he'll be back up over 200. he's just too big and too strong for the match to remain fair.

look what silva did to james irvin and forrest griffin at 220. gsp is ten times the fighter that griffin and irvin are, but he'd be an idiot to try to fight someone in their division. silva's normal weight is about 220 anyway, so it wasn't a big adjustment for him to go up in weight classes like that.

it's a damn shame we can't see these two go at it, since they're the best two fighters in the known world right now. the size difference is too prohibitive.
Dagnut- January 13, 2010 at 3:57 pm
@ Bud Sellers fcuk off will ya 8 belts? It would totally devalue the current belts and would lead to "super" fights with up and coming fighters less likey to get shots..
Sunburned- January 13, 2010 at 11:54 am
I see what you did there Dana.
Taking lessons from 'ol GW Bush and his kin now, eh?
Ju1i0- January 13, 2010 at 11:48 am
I thought Gomi just signed to the UFC?I think that would be a good fight against Penn.I think Gomi is fighting Kenflo first.Kenflo looked good in his last fight with Guida.Very sharp.I wanna see penn & florian 2.
budsellers- January 13, 2010 at 10:04 am
the only way to see some interesting fights in certain ufc weight classes is to adjust all the weight classes to every 10 pounds and drop the 170 weight class. in other words, instead of 5 ufc champs, they should increase to at least 7(or possibly 8) weight classes; 155, 165, 175, 185, 195, 205(, 235), & 265. besides making exciting fights for at least 3 vacant belts, the champs at 155, 170 and 185 will be able to move up without taking fights against fighters they may not want to meet in the cage.
blackboxmma- January 13, 2010 at 9:02 am
Edgar will get killed and that sucks he is my favorite character on the Jersey Shore
superflat- January 13, 2010 at 8:50 am
I'm still holding out for Florian, though I think it's unlikely Penn will still be at 155 by the time they're ready to give him another shot (although maybe Penn likes chilling at 155?). Florian by cut over the eye. Btw, Aoki has no chance -- Penn is as flexible, and can punch.
Ramboner50- January 13, 2010 at 8:16 am
So there are only two people in the 155 division left for Penn to have a good fight with both of them not in the UFC go figure those being Shinya Aoki and Eddie Alvarez
J-Dog- January 13, 2010 at 6:59 am
So will everyone in the crowd at UFC 112 be wearing turbans and stuff? That will be uncomfortable.
Aokiplata- January 13, 2010 at 5:55 am
Honestly, BJ is too slow and his cardio is terrible at 170. If he could cut his fat ass down to 145, then that would be interesting. Can we just combine the UFC and WEC already?
ArmFarmer- January 13, 2010 at 5:00 am
Edgar makes sense to me. I think Maynard is still too green and Frankie is much more rounded and he is excellent at fluidly mixing his strikes and takedowns. He also beat Franca and Sherk after his loss to Maynard, which is his only career loss and it was via lay n pray anyway. Stylewise, I think Edgar is a better match up for Penn and he is a more mature and well rounded fighter than Maynard. He will still get smashed though.
ghostboner- January 13, 2010 at 2:03 am
@ intercept440 - You think gsp could even hang for 1 round with anderson? Let us know when you get back from lunch.

Yeah Maynard didn't exactly sound pumped for his possible title shot. Does he just know that BJ would burn him up, does he just think they are too good of pals, does he just want to watch Edgar get beat so he can have a longer rest? WTF, I know he is humble but I've never seen his sound so uninterested in a fight. Especially for a title.
just some dong- January 13, 2010 at 12:04 am
Check Maynard's backstage interview after the Diaz fight... he backpedaled so hard on fighting Penn he was tripping over himself (his words, that is). We've seen that Dana doesn't force fighters to fight in TUF if they're feeling uncertain... so I'm sure that when Maynard flaked on the issue of fighting Penn, they immediately called up Edgar, who turned out not to be an eyebrowless bitch.
El Guapo- January 12, 2010 at 11:22 pm
Ariel IS a handsome martherfarger isn't he??

Penn by murder
The Truth- January 12, 2010 at 8:34 pm
and by his body language, I mean he never said fuck or mutcherfucker.
mthomas- January 12, 2010 at 8:34 pm
Wow...they couldn't even wait a day after Maynard's lackluster victory to cockblock his title dreams. Harsh. Dana White, the master of ill timing....
The Truth- January 12, 2010 at 8:33 pm
Dana is holding back good news for Brock.

By his body language, it is extremely good news.

intercept440- January 12, 2010 at 8:04 pm
@ goog
whatever it is your smoking ...puff puff pass ....that shit was funny CP shirt funny

@ hulk smash
i think if penn moved up and gsp moved up GSP vs silva would = fight of the year and i would favor GSP

and quite frankly as off this moment the lightwieght division is clear completely
if Penn sticks to the conditioning and skill he showed as he brutally raped diego
there is not one person in the lightwieght division thats going to even test him....the closesest person who has the best skills he already punched his clock the fight before he killed diego which makes that dude 0-2 in champ fights anyways so he wont get another shot anytime soon.. that being ken flo

yea yea i know there could possibly ..and i mean POSSIBLY be some fluke that bj gets clipped by some lucky punch that punches his clock for the night.. but i really dont see it happening

for a really interesting fight... bear with me here...

DW should force Tito to fight kimbo... then just maybe Tito could chaulk himself up a win since kimbos got fucked up legs

what do you think?
Randy Pan- January 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm
I like Edgar, but I wonder what is going through his head. I'd love it if he won. I hope the fight is at least sort of competitive, and not solely an exhibition of Penn's dominance.
Hulk Smash- January 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm
if penn moves up again, he's gonna get smashed again. if gsp moves up, he could go far, but he'd face the same issue against the likes of silva that bj faced against gsp. so, heartbreak all around. silva looks like the only one of these three that can comfortably move up a weight class.
maybe we're in one of those generational transition periods. for example, there was nobody that could take hughes until gsp came along, and franklin was doing pretty good for himself till silva showed up to educate him.
i say we wait out, because there's always hungry young fighters working their way up. it's a crime of the highest order to start punishing champions who dominate their divisions when they don't move up to the next weight class. these guys are the masters of their domains where they are, don't take it away from them with media pressure and other nonsense.
if whichever of them wants to make the move up to the next div, let it be his decision alone without DW or anyone else breathing down their necks.
skeletor- January 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm
If Penn moves up then GSP and Silva have to also. That is the only way I want to see that happen, would make for some awesome match ups, and some not so interesting match ups now would suddenly be relative again as far as title implications are concerned.

Harry Russo- January 12, 2010 at 7:02 pm
Body by Auschwitz: The Ariel Helwani workout plan.
Ju1i0- January 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm
Diego Sanchez couldn't beat him and neither will Edgar.Penn is just too good in that weight division.I agree,its time to move up.
skeletor- January 12, 2010 at 6:57 pm
I couldn't disagree more except for the more Hawaiian part, and the underwater rock running part since those two things pretty much go hand and hand
OiScout- January 12, 2010 at 6:47 pm
Well, GSP did get beat by Serra ...