Wait BJ who? before you jump on this,allow me to present my argument. But first, I need to applaud Edgar for such great fight last night. Wow, what an amazing showcase of skill and determination on Edgar’s behalf. Edgar managed to survive yet ANOTHER disastrous round against Maynard, where he was knocked down three times and was on queer street for the better part of the round, to come back and not only win every round after that, but to empathetically finish the previously undefeated Maynard. Unbelievable.
Edgar, the current lightweight champion of the world has been the only champ ever to come in as the underdog for two consecutive title defenses. (three if you count his initial title win against BJ). And rightfully so. How could such a small lightweight, with little to no perceived finishing power, ( 8 decision wins in 14 wins, the skeptics pointed out) topple the insurmountable mountains that were the legendary BJ Penn, a fighter who has moved up and managed to take the consensus #2 welterweight in the world to a draw, and one of the biggest lightweights ever in Gray Maynard, who walks at around 190 lbs and had unanimous decision win over Frankie himself?
Heart my friends. Heart. Something that is equally, if not more important, than knowing how to defend on the ground, shoot a double, or effectively use your jab. And that is something Edgar has in surplus of. Whether it's taking a fight on short notice against a proven veteran in Tyson Griffin or getting tossed about the octagon by a man who is about 15-20 lbs heavier on fight night, or just simply outclassing one of the most recognizable names in MMA, twice, consecutively. Edgar has proved his worth time and time again.
BJ, the former GOAT in the lightweight division has shown he has all the skill in the world to compete with the best of the best. Taking fights against heavyweight Machida, or moving up in weight to fight the unstoppable force that the current welterweight champion is, should be indicative of how much skill and fighting prowess Penn possesses. But as mentioned before, he lacked the drive, determination, and HEART fighters like Minotauro and Edgar showcase time and time again. BJ never fully lived up to himself. BJ fought the best, but he rarely beat them. When the going got tough, BJ seemingly just gave up, this is best seen in the Hughes II, GSP II, and Edgar II fights. Edgar on the other hand, will get rocked, dropped, stunned but has never been finished.
In conclusion, Edgar has beaten the former GOAT in lightweight division twice, back to back, one where he completely out-gameplanned and dominated Penn,and has now closed the chapter on Maynard, by avenging his only career defeat by knocking out his rival in the third fight of their epic trilogy.