by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The contest for who gets the next shot at B.J. Penn became crystal clear on Tuesday. Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, not Gray Maynard, will get the next shot at the UFC lightweight belt, presumably at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi on April 10.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the news to MMAFighting.com today. Independent sources have indicated to MMAWeekly.com that Edgar has been offered the shot at the lightweight strap, and both he and Penn have agreed to the bout.
Rumors circulated as early as last week that regardless of the outcome of the fight between Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz that it would be Edgar getting the shot.
Edgar is currently riding a three-fight win streak, including victories over former champion Sean Sherk and top contender Hermes Franca. The New Jersey native is 11-1 overall with his only loss coming at the hands of Gray Maynard in April 2008.
In his most recent fight, Edgar dispatched of Matt Hughes’ student, Matt Veach, with a rear naked choke in the second round of their fight at “The Ultimate Fighter” season 10 finale show. That seemed enough for the UFC to give the title shot to Edgar, who has steadily made his way up the Top 10 in the last year.
After his win, Edgar spoke to MMAWeekly Radio about the possibility of getting a title shot in his next fight. He said he was okay letting it be known that he wanted to fight Penn, and that was his ultimate goal.
“Would I rather fight for the title next? Yeah, the title’s the most important thing to me,” Edgar said. “The squeaky wheel gets the oil, so you’ve got to move your mouth a little to get what you want, just to let them know you’re hungry for it.”
Penn announced his possible involvement with the show in Abu Dhabi last week, which brought about the questions if it would be Edgar or Maynard who would get the fight. At this point, no bout agreements have been issued, but at least everyone now knows “The Answer.”
Frankie Edgar is getting the title shot.