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Frankie Edgar Finishes BJ Penn At TUF 19 Finale – BJ Penn Retires

Andrew Ravens

Frankie Edgar

You could say a lot of things about the Frankie Edgar – BJ Penn fight from TUF 19 Finale, one thing that stands out the most is that Frankie Edgar was simply faster than BJ Penn. BJ was not landing a ton of strikes and the ones that he landed was fewer. In the third round, Frankie Edgar got BJ to the ground and rained down elbows leading to Herb Dean stepping in to end the fight.

Penn was coming into this fight with a 19 month lay off and did not look good in this fight at all. The beating was so bad that on media row you could see Dana White get up and leave heading to the back. In their trilogy fight, Frankie Edgar swept Penn and earned a via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:16.

BJ Penn (16-10-2) Has seven knockouts, six submissions and three decision victories. He has been knocked out three and lost by decision seven times. The longtime UFC Fighter has been with the promotion since 2001.

BJ Penn is 1-2-1 in his last four fights. He beat Matt Hughes via knockout at UFC 123 – Rampage vs. Machida on Nov / 20 / 2010, but then we to a draw with Jon Fitch at UFC 127 – Penn vs. Fitch on Feb / 27 / 2011. Penn lost to Nick Diaz via unanimous decision at UFC 137 – Penn vs. Diaz on Oct / 29 / 2011 and then lost to Rory MacDonald via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 5 – Henderson vs. Diaz on Dec / 08 / 2012.

Frankie Edgar (17-4) Has five knockouts, three submissions and nine decision victories. He has never been finished in his MMA career.

Edgar made his UFC debut way back in 2007 with a win over Tyson Griffin. In his last five fights prior to TUF 19 Finale against BJ Penn, he is 2-3.

Edgar beat Gray Maynard via KO at UFC 136 – Edgar vs. Maynard 3 on Oct / 08 / 2011. Edgar then dropped three straight fights, he lost to Benson Henderson via unanimous decision at UFC 144 – Edgar vs. Henderson on Feb / 26 / 2012, then Benson Henderson via split decision at UFC 150 – Henderson vs. Edgar 2 on Aug / 11 / 2012 and finally against Jose Aldo via unanimous decision at UFC 156 – Aldo vs. Edgar on Feb / 02 / 2013.

Edgar then got a win over Charles Oliveira via unanimous decision at UFC 162 – Silva vs. Weidman on Jul / 06 / 2013.

Here is the play by play from this fight:

Round 1: This is going to be good! BJ is in a full standing stance, odd, but quick on his feet. Edgar with a right hand, but Penn lands a knee to the body. Edgar with a waist lock, Edgar in guard, he postures up, Penn keeping him at distance. Edgar swoops in and is in the full guard of Penn. Edgar is landing strikes from top position. Edgar keeps popping up landing leg kicks while BJ is on his back and then diving in with strikes. This goes on for the majority of the round until a minute left and they get stood up. They exchange to the bell.

Round 2: Edgar is using his feet and getting inside of Penn. Edgar is landing the right hand all day, which BJ needs to fix. Edgar shoots and get’s a double leg takedown. He sits in Penn’s full guard for a few minutes, Edgar is landing shots, but Penn needs to do something. Edgar is starting kick it up a notch with elbows and short strikes from top position.

Round 3: BJ is looking tired, Edgar lands a high body kick. Edgar with a fury of strikes. Edgar mixes high to low and low to high with his strikes. They exchange in the pocket, but Edgar trips BJ and gets right into full guard. Edgar rains down more and more elbows that opens BJ up and he is starting to bleed. Edgar continues to smother BJ from post position. With a minute left, Dean tells him to fight back, but he does not and Edgar lands elbow after elbow leading to victory.

Result: Frankie Edgar def. B.J. Penn via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:16


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