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.”