It has been confirmed via Dana White, BJ Penn’s next title defense will be against Frankie Edgar. It was also speculated that Gray Maynard would get the shot – however, Dana said he did not think Maynard was 100% ready to take on Penn. Randy Couture, one of Maynards trainers was also not pushing for a title shot just yet.
It’s clear that Maynard has some improvements to make before a shot at BJ Penn, he was constantly peppered with punches to the face by Nate Diaz, and if Diaz was able to do the damage he did to his face, imagine what Penn would do.
Maynard needs to get more confidence in his ground game against top Jiu Jitsu guys likeDiaz and clean up his boxing/head movement before a real chance can be realized for a title shot. He wanted nothing to do with Diaz’s ground game, which is something he will most definitely face with Penn.
So far UFC 112 now includes:
– BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar
– Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort
– Matt Hughes vs. Renzo Gracie
– Kendall Grove vs. TBA*