UFC president Dana White cleared up a few things following The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale Sunday night, appearing on the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show.
The card, which brought a conclusion to International Fight Week in Las Vegas, likely also brought an end to the fighting career of BJ Penn.
Penn was soundly defeated by Frankie Edgar in the main event, suffering just the third stoppage loss of his career. The former UFC champion was competing for the first time in over a year.
“I didn’t want to see him fight (Sunday), but he wanted it, and I respect him,” White said. “He’s got it all, he’s one of two guys who have two belts in two weight classes. He’s fought in all the big fights, he’s made a lot of money, he’s got a beautiful wife and family. He’s got his own gym, what more do you want?”
During his post-fight interview, Penn stopped short of announcing his own retirement, but hinted that White was correct in previously stating he should remain on the sidelines.
“I don’t think he wants to say the R word. A lot of them don’t. I’ll sit down with his family and we’ll talk,” White stated. “BJ Penn is going to always have a home in the UFC. He’s our partner in the UFC gym and we’ll do things together in the future.”
As for Edgar, a former lightweight champion himself and one-time contender in the featherweight division, he might be waiting for the right fight to pop up. Jose Aldo was forced to postpone a planned title defense with Chad Mendes, but will only be out for a little while.
“Frankie is the No. 3 ranked fighter in the division. This was a great tune up fight for him,” White said. “People want to see him fight Chad Mendes now that Aldo is sidelined. But Aldo is sidelined for 45 days, so he can still fight Mendes.”
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.