He got beat, I'll concede that. He was never hurt, never in danger of being submitted or KOed. I was the only person on this board who gave Edgar props before the fight, telling all these guys not to sleep on Edgar so I'm not just blindly defending BJ due to my man crush. I knew Frankie had it in him. (You are free to check the posts in this thread in the days leading up to the event if you like- I was really pushing Edgar's prowess on these guys, who didn't want to listen.) However, he didn't "soundly" handle BJ Penn. He did enough to win without controversy.
BJ's excuses included the Abu Dhabi atmosphere, flying from Hawaii to Saudi Arabia (no easy trip), and some sort of illness. None of these are accepted by me or anyone else but I'm willing to bet on a very different outcome in the rematch.