BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar Rematch at UFC 118

via UFC.com

As posted in a fanshot earlier, Fighters Only Magazine announced the following:

Former UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn will get his rematch with Frankie Edgar on August 28th, Fighters Only can reveal after speaking with several key sources. The fight will headline UFC 118, the UFC’s first card in Boston, Massachusetts.

Penn lost the title to Edgar at UFC 112 on April 10th by way of a controversial unanimous decision. Edgar outworked and outmanoeuvred Penn for much of the fight, but it was an extremely close affair that produced three very different judges’ scorecards. One judge gave all five rounds to Edgar, but that score has been widely ridiculed.

Putting a northeast fighter's first title defense on a big northeast show certainly makes sense.  It will be interesting to see what the crowd reaction is like for both men in Boston.

While some have claimed that Edgar should defend his title against someone else rather than rematch Penn, this is the correct fight.  B.J.'s history is one that is strong enough to not need to "earn" a rematch and the scorecards were controversial enough to make the rematch extremely appropriate.

I sincerely hope that Douglas Crosby is not scoring this rematch, if only because his behavior on The Underground seemed to me like he isn't above trying to prove some petty point with his behavior.

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