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Lightweight Frank Edgar Agrees Size Will Matter Against BJ Penn

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 08:   Lightweight champion BJ Penn (R) battles Kenny Florian during their lightweight championship title bout at UFC 101: Declaration at the Wachovia Center on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Tim NgoCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2010

This story originally appeared on the MMA website, 5thRound.com

With the biggest fight of his career a little over two months away, Frank Edgar will once again enter the Octagon as the smaller fighter.

Many would agree that Edgar has been able to utilize his superior wrestling ability and improved boxing to take each fight exactly where he wants it to go, and that’s why the Jersey boy has been able to nullify any size advantage his opponents may enjoy.

“They’re right, I am the smaller 55 pounder. You could see it when I fight my opponents that I’m generally the smaller guy but I’ve been successful at this weight class,” Edgar confirmed when talking to Fox Fight Game.

Edgar has been relentlessly attacking the gym in order to pack on more mass to his slender frame. He feels by getting bigger he’ll be able to fully maximize his god-given abilities.

“It’s something that I’ve been trying to improve on and gain in size. I’m definitely chipping away at that a little bit so I believe (by) fight time I’ll definitely be a little bit bigger than I have been,” Edgar explained.

Not a lot of people give Edgar a chance at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi against champion BJ Penn, but even Penn is aware that Edgar poses a real threat to his title.

“Edgar’s a very good opponent, he’s got a lot of big wins and he gets after it. I gotta be prepared for someone like Frankie,” Penn said.

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