by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Immediate rematches haven’t been a mainstay in the UFC, but fans might get just that with Frankie Edgar’s first title defense coming against the fighter he defeated for the belt last weekend in Abu Dhabi, B.J. Penn.
Penn talked about the possibility of an immediate rematch with Edgar in a posting on his official website, www.BJPenn.com.
“The UFC called us yesterday and there’s probably a rematch in the works with Frankie Edgar,” Pen said. “Still tentative right now, but it looks like they want to do the fight again. So we’ll see what’s going on.”
The fight was razor close throughout all five rounds, although judge Douglas Crosby somehow scored the bout 50-45 in favor of Edgar, which most pundits questioned immediately following the bout. The other scores read 49-46 and 48-47 respectively.
This is the first loss for Penn at 155lbs since a 2002 bout against Jens Pulver, which he also lost by decision. The Hawaiian had been flirting with the idea of going up to 170lbs after the fight with Edgar, but it’s likely the loss will keep him at lightweight for the time being.
Another contender to the belt, Gray Maynard, has made no secret that he’d like to get the first shot at Edgar considering he’s the only fighter to defeat the New Jersey born champion. In a text message sent to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday following the fight, Maynard responded, “God, I hope so! Please let that be the case!” when asked if he believed he would be getting a title shot.
Now it’s up to UFC president Dana White and matchmaker Joe Silva to decide who will get the first crack at Edgar’s belt. With the summer cards filling up fast, it’s probably not going to take long for a decision to be made.