The hype for UFC 118's lightweight championship rematch reached a fever pitch today, with ex-champ and now challenger BJ Penn proclaiming that incumbent title-holder Frankie Edgar is short. When posed with a question regarding Saturday's upcoming bout, and after being nudged by UFC president Dana White, Penn rose from his chair at the press conference, put down the sweater he was crocheting, and stammered before finding his words. "Uh, Frankie is a good fighter, but he doesn't deserve that belt. He's, uh, too short. Plus, he's from New Jersey." Added the hard-hitting jiu-jitsu phenom with a yawn, "I'm from Hawaii, myself." Despite the collective gasp the echoed throughout the historic Faneuil Hall in Boston, Edgar remained his usual laconic self, responding to the trash talk with a mumble, a grin and a fist pump.
It's been said that a focused Penn is a dangerous Penn. Well, if the lightweight heat emanating from the UFC 118 press conference is of any indication, Edgar may be in for a rough night on Saturday.