UFC: Penn wants to get back at Edgar
Penn, Edgar play coaches in TUF
MANILA – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is setting up MMA legend BJ Penn and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar for a rematch that will likely take place in April next year.
Penn and Edgar have already figured in two close battles with Edgar winning on both occasions.
UFC President Dana White said in MMA Weekly that he granted Penn the trilogy because the latter wanted the fight so badly.
“He says, ‘Frankie Edgar, I can beat Frankie Edgar. Those two first fights were B.S. I want that fight again. I want to beat this guy so bad. It’s all I want.’ You know how B.J. is,” said White.
Before the fight, Penn and Edgar will first be coaching opposing teams in the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. The series will culminate in a featherweight bout between the two coaches.
Edgar first outpointed Penn in April 2010 to take the UFC lightweight title. The two fought again in a rematch four months later with Penn losing by unanimous decision.
“He wants this thing worse than anything. He believes he can beat Frankie Edgar. He wants to fight at 145-pounds. It’s tough to say no to B.J,” said White.