The UFC has announced that not only is Former Lightweight and Former Welterweight Champion BJ Penn coming out of retirement, but he is going to do so in his featherweight debut. Penn will fight Frankie Edgar for the third time, and as if that wasn’t enough, the two will fight after they coach middleweights and light heavyweights on the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Fans are already speculating about how Penn will actually make the 145 pound weight limit as he historically had a difficult time making the 155 pound weight limit, but according to UFC President Dana White this is a fight that Penn wanted. ““BJ Penn is moving down to 145 lbs. to coach The Ultimate Fighter against Frankie Edgar,” Said White via press release. “BJ really hates the fact that he lost to Frankie Edgar. It’s something that’s been burning deep inside of him for three years now. So he’s moving down to 145 lbs. to not only avenge those defeats, but to try and become the first fighter in UFC history to win titles in three different weight classes.”
In Penn’s last five fights before he retired, he is 1-4-1 which includes two decision losses to his Edgar. While the first fight between the two at UFC 112 was a razor close decision, the fight at UFC 118 was clearly a win for Edgar.
Season 19 of TUF is set to start filming in January of 2014, and the UFC has made no announcement as to where or when the fight will take place.
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