Title shot after title shot, "The Prodigy" continues to shut down the young hopefuls. But will UFC 112 be different? On April 10, once again he'll be looking across the Octagon at a top contender hungry for his belt, none other than Frankie Edgar.
As of now it looks like the lightweight belt is locked up pretty tight considering the level of talent that has failed at attempts to capture it. Top contenders Sean Sherk, Kenny Florian, and Diego Sanchez swept through the division to land themselves a chance at the championship only to be dominated by the legend who just won't quit.
Edgar is the second alum of The Ultimate Fighter to face off with him for the belt. He has had a very impressive run thus far, with six wins, one loss, and three Fight of the Night honors to show for himself since joining the UFC. There had been speculation as to whether Edgar would get the title shot over Gray Maynard, but his past performances spoke in his favor and he stands less than a week away from a chance to be the champion.
Edgar can be an unpredictable fighter, but it's safe to say he'll keep to his feet against Penn. Though he has an impressive wrestling background and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, his first obstacle would be Penn's take down defense. If he were able to overcome that, it wouldn't be worth trying to outperform Penn's elite jiu jitsu and grappling skills. Penn has the odds if he's on top, but even with top control, Edgar may not find much success since his opponent is renowned for working from his guard.
A stand up bout is the logical route for Edgar to take and very likely the one we'll see him implementing on April 10. He isn't shy on his feet and his explosive energy and quick movement don't make for an easy target. Though stand up has proved very successful for him before, boxing Penn will come with its own set of challenges.
With this in mind, and with it already stewing in Penn's mind, Edgar will need to spruce up his take down defense. Penn might want to avoid Edgar's stand up strength and utilize his superior jiu jitsu skills to bring this fight to a quick close and secure his belt for the fourth time.
It's doubtful any crowd will turn their noses up at a toe-to-toe brawl between these two sluggers anyway.
Will Edgar be "The Answer" to Penn's reign? Find out on April 10th when UFC 112 lets loose in an outside arena live from Abu Dhabi.
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