BJ Penn Returns to UFC… Will Fight Frankie Edgar

In a bombshell announcement made today, B.J. Penn has returned to the UFC and will drop two weight classes, from 170 to 145, in order to coach opposite Frankie Edgar on season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter before facing him in an April 2014 matchup.

BJ Penn and RedBull Cliff Diver Orlando Duque

BJ Penn and RedBull Cliff Diver Orlando Duque

As Confirmed by UFC Tonight, former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion, B.J. Penn will return to action to coach the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter against Frankie Edgar. They will be coaching fighters in both the middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions.

UFC president, Dana White stated on UFC tonight that he had originally planned on pitting Urijah Faber against Edgar as coaches of TUF but the two could not agree on a weight class in which to compete. Around the same time as the UFC struggled with finding two suitable coaches, Penn requested, in a text to White, Penn expressed his desire for a top caliber lightweight opponent. White also stated that Penn is extremely motivated for this opportunity in a new division.

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Should BJ Penn Retire… The Poll

Well BJ Penn got his ass handed to him tonight by Frankie Edgar in a unanimous decision at UFC 118.

This being his second straight loss to a guy that ESPN ranked the previous fight with him as the biggest upset of the year.

Is it time for BJ Penn to retire?  There is no doubt in my mind that he will be selected to the  UFC Hall of Fame.

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