UFC 118 odds handicappers recall the stunning upset when Edgar upset Penn to take the title belt in a unanimous decision which sets up this UFC betting rematch in Boston.
Edgar became the first fighter to ever take down Penn when on April 10 at UFC 112 he circled the champion while pummeling him with quick jabs. The close score of 50-45, 49-46, and 48-47 merited the rematch. Many people considered the decision to be shaky at best, which sets up a highly motivated Penn.
Penn had successfully defended his Lightweight title in three previous bouts before the loss. He has also fought in the Welterweight division where he last took to the ring on January 31, 2009 in a championship bout loss to Georges St. Pierre. He was once a champion in the Welterweight division.
Penn hails from Hawaii and is the first American born winner of the World Jiu-Jitsu title in the black belt division. He is currently ranked #2 in the world for the Lightweight division.
Penn has been very open and honest about his upset loss to Edgar, who was an 8-1 UFC gambling underdog winner for the Lightweight title. Penn makes no excuses for the debacle and looks forward to the rematch.
Penn is confident about the adjustments he will make for the Lightweight title rematch and his chances against Edgar.
“Without giving too much away, I really don’t think he’ll be able to compete with me come August 28th,” said Penn. “I think we’re going to have too much for him. It think he is going to have a false sense of security. He really doesn’t know who I am after the first fight. He’s going to be shocked when he finds out the real me.”
Penn may have been less than motivated last time out but that will not be an issue at all for his shot at revenge with the UFC 118 odds. Penn is eager to get the title back and to avoid a career slip in which he would be relegated to second tier bouts.
“I don’t want this to be my last fight,” said Penn. “I want to stick around and fight the best and to do that, I have to win.”