Morning Report: Frankie Edgar wants title back and to give B.J. Penn 'a reason to quit'

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Former UFC lightweight champions Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn are going to battle of the season finale for The Ultimate Fighter 19, but Edgar is already up 2-0 in their bouts.

After spending a season opposite his rival, Edgar's motivations haven't dwindled at all. He told Submission Radio he not only wants his title back, but to put Penn away in such a convincing way that all talk about the two will stop.

"My motivation is, I just want to get back to the title," Edgar said. "You know, in order to do that I'm gonna have to win every fight in front of me. And just the fact that I don't wanna lose the third time out. I won twice (against B.J.), for sure I don't wanna lose the third time out. A guy like B.J. is especially hard [to finish]. I think he's maybe been stopped once. You know, and that was really in-between a round, not even during a round. It's definitely gonna be a big mountain to climb, but that is my goal. I'll try to give him a reason to quit, and maybe he'll kind of do it for me."

Penn and Edgar square off next on July 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Their bout will air on Fox Sports 1.

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's FanPost of the Day is brought to you by reader 'Graham Douglas' who argues there's lots to like about Demetrious Johnson and his performance at UFC 174, but also plenty to be honest about as well:

The guys beside me left after round 3. Seriously? A $400 ticket and you're leaving before the belt or decision is made? It says to me that people watching saw no finish in the cards. Is that indicative of flyweights? The intrigue of a finish is missing? That's a harsh criticism but how do you explain getting up and leaving? The UFC is about drama and the fact that one shot can end a fight either way. People I guess turned a blind eye to that possibility.

If you're the UFC it's a tricky situation. Dana isn't blind and as the media suggested, you simply don't see fans getting up and leaving during a main event. I really think that most people didn't know what to expect from the fight but once it started, people weren't wowed. Speed, techniques and dominance were not enough for a lot of fans to stick around. I take Johnson at his word that he tries to finish fights. The reality is people in the building believed that there wasn't going to be a finish.

Speed and technique are great but if that's not keeping butts in the seats then I believe the UFC needs to be more selective in what market or what city they decide to put the flyweight headliners in. This was the third event in Vancouver and a lot of people were hoping for a bigger star studded card and main event. That feeling may have poured out in the form of a mass exodus. Perhaps it's not fair to say, but come up with another argument why the fans left early. To suggest the fans in Vancouver are idiots isn't valid so don't go there.

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