Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar put forth a dominating performance Sunday night at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale, finishing BJ Penn and earning his third victory over “The Prodigy.”
Edgar, who has won two straight following three losses in UFC world title fights, admitted the win was an emotional one.
“It’s bittersweet,” he said. “I said I wanted to finish him, but I almost feel bad about it at the same time.
“Going into this fight, I didn’t worry about what BJ did, I worried more about what I was going to do.”
For Edgar (17-4-1), the win was the first time he’s finish an opponent inside the Octagon since a 2011 TKO victory over Gray Maynard. It was his fifth career knockout finish.
While Jose Aldo is currently injured and will not be able to defend his featherweight title as planned in August against Chad Mendes, Edgar isn’t going to sit and wait for his rematch.
“I want to fight for the title, or a fight that will get me close to a title shot,” Edgar said.
Former U.S. Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier finally got a chance to put the finishing touches on his amateur wrestling career, defeating Chris Pendleton during the UFC Fan Expo over the weekend.
Cormier, a top contender in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, defeated the two-time NCAA champion, 12-5. The two were both graduates of Oklahoma State University.
“I started wrestling 25 years ago,” wrote Cormier on Instagram, along with a photo of his wrestling shoes left on the mat. “And through it all I’ve gained a lot from this sport. I got to travel the world. I got a college education. I met my heroes. I represented our country. (Saturday) I wrestled my very last match.”
Cormier was forced to miss the Olympics after his body shut down while trying to cut weight. He is unbeaten in MMA, but is currently set for surgery to fix an injured knee. He scored 12 of the final 14 points in the match with Pendleton after going down 3-0.
UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has looked unstoppable in going through the likes of Sara McMann, Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche during her MMA career.
However, as she prepares to meet Alexis Davis at UFC 175, Rousey feels this is the best version yet of herself.
“This is the most focused I’ve been in camp ever,” said Rousey, during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “This is the best camp ever. This fight camp is all about this fight and I’m more focused for this fight than ever before.”
Rousey has split her time between fights, camps and filming roles for movies, but knows she’ll receive a tough opponent in Davis. The fighter is unbeaten in the UFC and has worked through Jessica Eye and others to secure her shot at Rousey.
“She’s the only one I haven’t beaten in the division yet,” Rousey said. “This is the first time I’m fighting a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.”
While Rousey believes in the skills Davis presents, she feels the Canadian could do a better job of promoting herself.
“She gets a lot less attention, not because she’s not an amazing fighter, but because her Instagram account is still private,” said Rousey, who is constantly updating fans on social media. “If she put out a little more effort to put herself out more, maybe the odds makers would focus on her more.”
FightLine will have complete coverage of the entire card, including Rousey-Davis and Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida for the middleweight title.
Live weigh-ins for Saturday’s UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida card take place tonight at 6 p.m. ET from Las Vegas, and you can see them all right here.
In the main event, Chris Weidman defends his middleweight title against Lyoto Machida, while Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis collide for the female bantamweight gold.
FightLine will have complete weigh-in coverage, along with all your news and results from the card.
Below is the current card and the live video stream:
MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)
UFC Middleweight Championship
Chris Weidman (c) vs. Lyoto Machida
UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Alexis Davis
Heavyweight: Stefan Struve vs. Matt Mitrione
Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs. Thiago Santos
Bantamweight: Marcus Brimage vs. Russell Doane
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)
Bantamweight: Urijah Faber vs. Alex Caceres
Welterweight: Ildemar Alcantara vs. Kenny Robertson
Middleweight: Chris Camozzi vs. Bruno Santos
Bantamweight: George Roop vs. Rob Font
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)
Middleweight: Luke Zachrich vs. Guilherme Vasconcelos
Middleweight: Kevin Casey vs. Bubba Bush