This was one of the hardest divisions to judge who is the best striker. If BJ Penn had not lost to Frankie Edgar twice, the decision would be much easier.
Honestly this is a toss-up between Anthony Pettis, Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn.
Frankie Edgar has excellent footwork and constantly moves in and out. He lands strikes and before his opponents realize it he is already out of harm’s way.
He will receive a lot of criticism about his striking based on his UFC 125 fight with Gray Maynard, which ended in a draw.
No fighter dares to try the kicks that Anthony Pettis has successfully landed. If we were deciding who the flashiest striker was he would win hands down.
He will soon be able to prove if his striking can last in the UFC when he fights the winner of Edgar/Maynard III to unify the WEC and UFC Lightweight belts (if he gets past Clay Guida).
For now I cannot help but pick BJ Penn. He was known for his crisp boxing and demolished many fighters with his striking.
He made Diego Sanchez’s striking seem childish, and who could forget his knee against Sean Sherk?
Penn is coming off of a win against former welterweight champ Matt Hughes. Penn knocked out Hughes very early in the first round, and for now, I will give BJ the benefit of the doubt and place him as the No. 1 striker in the lightweight division.