Frankie Edgar had “The Answer” that a trio of title challengers before him didn’t, as the 28 year old New jersey boy pulled off what many deemed to be “Mission: Impossible” with an impressive unanimous decision victory over B.J. Penn to capture the UFC lightweight championship.
Edgar made UFC history with the hard-fought decision over Penn during UFC 112 from the Concert Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Edgar executed his game plan to the tee in Abu Dhabi, utilizing short, crisp strikes standing combined with effective footwork to keep Penn from settling in on his attacks for the bulk of a very strategic opening four rounds between the two lightweights who rightfully displayed a tremendous amount of respect for one another.
Edgar managed to pull of what no other lightweight in the past six years has done against B.J. in the fifth round, as the former Clarion University of Pennsylvania wrestling standout scooped Penn up and back down for a succesful – yet brief – takedown.
In the end all three judges tipped their hats in the challenger’s direction, awarding Edgar with the unanimous decision, along with the UFC lightweight crown.
“This is it,” said Edgar following the historic victory. “B.J.’s the greatest lightweight ever and I just beat him.”