Frankie Edgar is officially the UFC’s top lightweight contender, passing Gray Maynard for the next shot at lightweight champion BJ Penn, UFC President Dana White today told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. (Click here to watch the interview on MMAFrenzy.com)
The news comes as little surprise and Edgar was already reported to be the front-runner to fight Penn, and Maynard’s lackluster win at UFC Fight Night 20 on Monday apparently cemented the matchup, which is expected to take place at UFC 112 on April 10 in Abu Dhabi.
Edgar (11-1), a four-time national wrestling qualifier at Clarion University, has gone 6-1 in the UFC since debuting in 2007 and earned the title shot with three-straight victories over Hermes Franca, former champ Sean Sherk, and, most-recently in December, Matt Veach despite an April 2008 loss to Maynard.
Penn (15-5-1) has won 5 of his past 6 fights, losing only to welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre last January before dominating title defenses over Kenny Florian in August and Diego Sanchez in December.