Penn returns to UFC; will coach TUF 19 and fight Edgar


In a move that was on nobody's radar, the UFC tonight announced the return of BJ Penn to active competition and this time as a featherweight for the first time in his career.

The matchup, which was revealed on Wednesday's new edition of "UFC Tonight," is scheduled to take place after the two serve as coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter 19," which debuts in January. Edgar and Penn are expected to fight at an as-yet-undetermined event in April.

Edgar and Penn (16-9-2 MMA, 12-5-1 UFC) met twice in 2010, with "The Answer" victorious over "The Prodigy" in both contests. At UFC 112, Edgar claimed the UFC lightweight title. He then defended the belt four months later at UFC 118. Both results came via unanimous decision.

UFC President Dana White said he booked the fight after Penn informed him he had a burning to desire to avenge his two losses to Edgar.

"He says, 'I can beat Frankie Edgar,'" White said. "The two first fights were BS. I want that fight agin. I want to beat this guy so bad. It's all I want."

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Jesus KO'd stayrad site profile image  

9/13/13 5:37 PM by Jesus KO'd stayrad

Second fight wasn't close at all

Matt Phillips site profile image  

9/12/13 7:33 PM by Matt Phillips

I have that shirt...Roots of Fight owns

Devlin site profile image  

9/12/13 7:16 PM by Devlin

Yeah it has to be frustrating when yout getting beat and getting zero good advice, frustrates me as a fan lol.

Malvert the Janitor site profile image  

9/12/13 7:04 PM by Malvert the Janitor

BJ's likely pretty heavy. He needs the time. This is him in July...Spare tire is spare...

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9/12/13 6:59 PM by teamquestnorth

It fucking sucks that we have to wait until april for this. Thats a long time away!

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9/12/13 6:55 PM by UGCTT_ScarecrowRio

Scrolled through the news, saw this. Wtf?!? At 145?! WTF?!?! Awesomeness

Malvert the Janitor site profile image  

9/12/13 6:47 PM by Malvert the Janitor

Holy size difference, Batman!! Glad those days are done!!