What may have been one of the worst-kept secrets since top contender Gray Maynard barely out-pointed his way to a win over Nate Diaz at UFC Fight Night 20 this past Monday night has now been confirmed by both involved parties via the internet – current champion B.J. Penn will defend his UFC Lightweight Championship against 11-1 Frank Edgar. Penn, who had previously mentioned his next fight would likely take place at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, stated through his website that the New Jersey native was next in line for a crack at the strap. Edgar also assured his followers on Twitter that the bout was “a go”.
Edgar will attempt to live up to his nickname by finding “The Answer” to the in-ring riddle provided by a re-dedicated 155-pound Penn. The Hawaiian has been virtually untouchable at the weight for two years, most recently forcing a doctor’s stoppage against Diego Sanchez at UFC 107. The win was the third successful title defense of Penn’s reign atop the promotion’s lightweight division.
The pairing adds to a card already rumored to feature iconic welterweights Matt Hughes and Renzo Gracie locking horns in Octagon, as well as Vitor Belfort standing in the way of UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva’s eleventh consecutive victory in the UFC.