Former UFC Welterweight and UFC Lightweight champion “The Prodigy” B.J. Penn is not finished with mixed martial arts.
It was announced “UFC Tonight” that Penn would coach the next season of “The Ultimate Fighter” against rival and fellow former lightweight title holder Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, which is scheduled in 2014. Like most fighters who coach each other on the show, Penn and Edgar will meet in the octagon.
For Penn, who is coming off two-straight losses, this is a chance to either give his career a third wind or at the very least, get one last run before committing to retirement.
Penn and Edgar have met on two previous occasions. The Answer defeated The Prodigy for the UFC Lightweight title back in 2010. Penn would get a rematch against Edgar, who defeated him again. Unlike their first two matches, this third bout between these two former lightweight champions will take place at 145 pounds.
Although Edgar has had experience at featherweight, Penn has never fought at 145 in his 11-year career. The drop in weight could affect his fighting ability, especially coming down from 170 pounds.
As a fan I’m excited to see Edgar and Penn tangle for a third time, though some have argued that since Edgar is 2-0 in their trilogy, there does not need to be a third fight. While Edgar does have two wins over Penn, those were decision wins. There is also the old saying “anything can happen in MMA.” The Prodigy could end up winning this third match.
While it will be Edgar’s first time as a TUF coach, Penn has previous experience on the show. He coached against Jens “Lil’ Evil” Pulver in the fifth season. He would later go on to defeat Pulver at the “TUF 5“ finale, which in turn avenged a previous loss he suffered at the hands of Lil’ Evil in 2002.
Penn will bring a lot of fighting and coaching experience to the show that will benefit the guys who make it into the TUF house and get picked to be on his team.
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