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Down with the quickness: Frank Edgar knew he could beat the 'best ever'




"It's unbelievable. I've been at it a long time ... it feels good. Every fight go into, I feel that I can win. That's just the best way to do it ... don't doubt yourself.... [BJ Penn] is the best lightweight ever. Hands down. I was just focused and I knew that I could beat him.... BJ's really hard to take down, so you've got to have good stand up. I think that the few takedowns that I did get won me those rounds. I know BJ's very fast, but I think I was just a bit quicker today."

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. UFC Lightweight Champion Frank Edgar basically did just that last night at UFC 112: "Invincible," defying the odds to outpoint 155-pound deity, BJ Penn, on all three judges scorecards. The Toms River, N.J., native set a fast pace early and didn't slow down one bit through five rounds. He used good movement to make the "Prodigy" miss more often than not and then land a few blows before disengaging. He was "in and out" pretty much the entire fight, picking his spots for takedowns (and takedown attempts) carefully. In fact, Edgar feels that those two takedowns could have been difference makers in what was otherwise a very close contest. Was the "quick" gameplan that Edgar executed picture-perfect or should he have done more to deserve a unanimous nod over a lightweight legend?

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