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Don't let the Silva debacle overshadow Edgar's performance

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Are you angry you spent money to see Anderson Silva showboat his way through another title defense? You're not alone. But let's look for the positives at UFC 112 instead of focusing on the negative.

Frankie Edgar's upset of Penn is one that MMA fans should remember. Penn held the lightweight title for more than two years. During his title reign, he took out Joe Stevenson, Sean Sherk, Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez. Yahoo! Sports' own Dave Meltzer recently discussed the title runs of Penn, Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva, and had this to say about Penn:

Penn, 31, joins Couture as the only UFC fighters to have held championships in two different weight classes. His 15-5-1 record is deceptive, because his only loss as a lightweight came in 2002. He also has no apparent weaknesses. His conditioning was questionable early in his career, when he was regarded as the best first-round fighter in the world. Since hiring Marv Marinovich as his strength and conditioning coach, however, that has ceased to be an issue.

Edgar picked apart a fighter without any apparent weaknesses. Edgar stayed fresh throughout the fight, never appearing to gas. His movement clearly frustrated Penn. Though Edgar, who walks around at 158 lbs., is smaller than Penn, he was able to take the former champ down. That's the first time a lightweight has done that in six years.

So let's give the Jersey Boy his due. Close though the bout was, Edgar won and is now the UFC lightweight champ. Not bad for a former Rutgers wrestling coach.

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