As Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos square off in the third fight against each other, another trilogy is on the horizon.
Back in September it was announced that former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight champion B.J. Penn will coach on the 19th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” He will coach against rival and fellow former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. As with most seasons of “TUF” Edgar and Penn will square in a featherweight match in April 2014. Yet even before the premier of the show, “The Prodigy” is already making headlines after announcing his coaching staff for the show.
The website BJPenn.com recently posted a photo Penn with his coaching staff. While many past “TUF” coaches have brought on well-known martial artists and fighters to help coach, Penn, who coached “TUF” during the fifth season, has taken it a step further and has accumulated perhaps the best coaching staff in the program’s history.
Among the men who will be coaching alongside Penn are Mark Coleman, UFC Hall of Famer, UFC title holder and Pride tournament champion; Rob Kaman, multi-time kickboxing champion; Jason Parillo, professional boxing coach who has helped many MMA stars with their striking; André Pederneiras, founder of the Nova União academy and trainer of several MMA champions and John Hackleman, head trainer at The Pit.
Coleman will be the team’s wrestling coach, Kaman will be the kicboxing coach, Parillo will act as the boxing coach and Pederneiras will be the Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach. No word on Hackleman’s role, but there is no doubt will be an asset to the team. During an appearance on AXS TV’s “Inside MMA” Penn asked former UFC and Pancrase champion Bas Rutten to come on as a guest coach, which Rutten accepted, saying he “would be an honor.”
All of these coaches, as well as Penn, will bring a wealth of experience to the fighters who are picked for Team Penn.
It makes me wonder who Edgar is going to pick for his coaching staff.
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