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Edgar Could Be “The Answer” to Penn

Story by Brady Crytzer

Frankie Edgar works hard for his money. As an undersized fish in a pool of sharks, the man affectionately known as “The Answer” has taken on some of the best in the world and came out with his hand raised. Known as a hard nosed wrestler with a penchant for exchanging punches with much bigger men, Edgar has been rewarded for his six UFC victories by being rewarded with a shot at world lightweight champion BJ Penn. Though it’s not the main event of UFC 112: Unstoppable, Edgar is ready for the biggest fight of his career.

“It is a title fight it definitely has more implications. The pressure to win is always very strong.”

His opponent on Saturday night is lightweight champion BJ Penn. Penn, who has dominated the 155 pound weight class, has been the picture of evolution. Originally seen as an incredible submission artist capable of finishing fights from almost any position, Penn has recently made waves for his boxing ability.

In his latest outing Penn dismantled The Ultimate Fighter 1 winner Diego Sanchez in his most impressive performance yet.
Edgar is well aware of what’s ahead of him

“Obviously it’s a tough test.”

“BJ is one of a kind. I’ve been trying to get my skills as sharp as possible. For me, it’s an honor.”

Fighting Penn is a daunting task. On paper, aside from his record, Edgar doesn’t enjoy many advantages. He is shorter, he is lighter, and he has less experience. This is not an unusual situation of Edgar. Making a career out of fighting much larger opponents, Edgar knows that the true “Answer” has little to do with pre-fight speculation.

“It’s brought out the best in my training. It’s forced me to focus and come with my A-game. There’s no secret game plan to beat BJ Penn.”
While many have propositioned that Edgar drop down in weight and find himself in immediate title contention in the WEC’s dynamic featherweight division, Edgar has no immediate plans for changing what he’s doing. After all, if it’s not broken, why fix it? This is a practical world, and at the end of the night a fight is a fight.

“I need to be the best I can be and that’s about it.”

The reigning champion Penn is heavily favored by most fighters and pundits alike. Edgar is well aware of the politics of the sport and understands why he is behind the eight-ball. In every fight there is a favorite. In every fight there is an underdog. In this fight, the underdog is very, very live.

“It’s earned. He’s earned the position he is at. I’m not going into this fight to lose. I’m going in to try and win.”

 


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