In the rematch to establish who is the current king of the UFC’s lightweight division Frankie Edgar left no doubt in the judges minds and handed BJ Penn his most convincing defeat at 155lbs.
Edgar made an immediate impact in the opening round by successfully taking down the agile Penn, and throughout the course of the round he succeeded in doing so twice more while also implementing the same quick fast hands and movement on his feet that frustrated Penn in their first encounter.
The second round looks similar to many of the rounds in their first fight with Edgar staying busier while Penn landed more significant shots. Another brief takedown from Edgar midway through the round helped tilt the round in his favor though and he started to find his groove more towards the end of the round.
Round three was big for Edgar as he continued his frenetic pace and started to find his mark more often, making Penn look slow by comparison and short in ideas.
For a spell in round four it looked as if Penn was staging a comeback as he was the one taking Edgar down, but despite his renowned jiu-jitsu skills he couldn’t keep Edgar down. Later Edgar evened the score by taking him down, this time flooring him with a leg kick.
In the final round Penn was again the one taking Edgar down and was close to taking his back, but Edgar was as slick on the ground as he was on his feet and reversed the position. That all but spelled the end for Penn who had little left in the gas tank while his opponent looked as fresh as in round one.
In the end Edgar produced a clean 50-45 sweep on all three judges scorecards and welcomed in a new era in the lightweight division. Now he faces a tough test against Gray Maynard, the only man to beat him in his career to date, if he wants to remain the king of the hill, but for the time being he can sit back and enjoy the moment.
As for Penn, the manner of this defeat will surely come as a shock, and take the wind out of his sails. It’s unclear what comes next for the former dominant champion, with the Hawaiian telling Joe Rogan that he would make, “no quick decisions,” on his future.