Edgar & Penn UFC 118 Rematch OfficialPosted on May 16, 2010, 05:00 PM by Joey Santosus
MMAFighting.com confirmed and reported that all signatures are in place and the two will do it again at TD Garden in Boston, in the main event of UFC 118.
Their initial bout took place in Abu Dhabi at UFC 112 and resulted in Edgar defying the odds and pulling off what some consider to be the biggest upset of the year. After a closely contended fight the judges awarded him the victory via unanimous decision.
Calling the newly crowned champ an underdog heading into the match would be a gross understatement, but it was effective boxing and successful takedown attempts that would ultimately lead to him out-pointing Penn. While the fight appeared much closer than the scores indicated, the final scores stand as 50-45, 48-47, and 49-46.
Once the decision was rendered, Penn's record inevitably fell to 15-6-1 with the loss. While the former champ himself made no mention of any health issues, one member of his camp suggested a sinus infection during training may have had a detrimental effect on his preparation and fitness.
In light of the all things considered, UFC President Dana White felt an immediate rematch was in order, and now both parties have made it so.
In addition to the Edgar-Penn main event, the UFC is close to solidifying its UFC 118 co-main event. While the final signatures remain absent at this point, the card is expected to feature the MMA debut of boxer James Toney against veteran Randy Couture.