Penn vs Edgar: The Answer Begs a Question

Tony PrestonCorrespondent IJanuary 13, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 07:  UFC Fighter BJ Penn arrives at the 1st Annual Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards at the Club Nokia on April 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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Is Frankie "The Answer" Edgar really the best person out there to challenge BJ Penn?

Frankie Edgar has been tapped as the next person to challenge for BJ Penn's lightweight title, but is he really the best choice. In my mind there are two opponents who would give BJ Penn the best fight possible, but they have both recently faced Penn.

First, Diego Sanchez he lasted until the fifth round with Penn and was stopped due to a cut opened up by a kick to the head. Since his last loss is to Penn he probably needs on or two wins against top competition to get another shot at the title.

Second, Kenny Florian was able to hold on until the fourth round before he was forced to tapout by Penn. Florian never seemed to be in the fight with Penn though and did not seem to be his usual aggressive self. Since the loss he has moved to training with GSP's camp in Montreal. In his last fight he showed and improved wrestling game against a quality wrestler in Clay Guida. Florian may be able to earn himself another shot at the lightweight title with a win against a fellow top contender.

The perfect solution in my mind to determine the next challenger for the UFC lightweight title would be for Florian to fight Maynard or Edgar, and Sanchez facing the other with the winners of those two fights fighting for a shot at the UFC lightweight title. Of course this leads to the question of what would BJ Penn do in the mean time.

I think Dana White could kill two birds with one stone by telling Penn that if he really wants another fight with GSP first he must fight one of the welterweight contenders. This leads to which fighter to choose and in my mind the best options would be one of the AKA fighters probably Koshceck or Fitch since both are quality wrestlers and Penn's problem the last time he fought GSP was GSP's wrestling ability. If Penn won he would then get his wish for a rematch with GSP as long as he agreed that if he lost either match he would stay at lightweight for the rest of his career.