<i>UFC 112</i>: Does Frankie Edgar Have a Chance To Beat B.J. Penn?

Christopher DiCarloContributor IIApril 7, 2010

When you ask the average fan if Frankie Edgar has a chance to beat Lightweight champion B.J. Penn, most likely they will say no.

B.J. Penn has dominated the Lightweight division, and really has no where else to go besides going up in weight. Before he thinks about the move up, however, he has to keep his mind on the task at hand, Frankie Edgar.

Frankie currently has a record of 11-1 in his professional MMA career, and is 6-1 in the UFC. He's a big underdog going into this contest, but don't count him out.

Edgar's known for his standup, which he compliments with his great chin. More than half of his fights have gone the distance, so you know he has what it takes to go five rounds with the champ.

Penn's standup has become tremendously better since his newfound love for the sport. So, this fight is very attractive to fans who love to see a standup brawl.

Edgar's ground game is improving as well. In his last fight he beat Matt Veach at his own game; Edgar submitted Veach via rear naked choke in Round Two.

Hopefully, "The Answer" improves his ground work enough to hang with Penn if the fight does end up on the mat.

Penn is a well-rounded fighter, as where Edgar is still improving. If you're a fan that loves to root for the underdog, this is the fight for you.

This Lightweight championship bout is set up for an upset. Penn can dominate a fight, but not if he is face-first on the mat in Round One.