It was revealed earlier on an episode of UFC Tonight that former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn (16-9-2, pictured) will make his return to the octagon, with the veteran set to coach opposite Frankie Edgar (16-4-1) on the upcoming Ultimate Fighter 19 season, before the pair square off together in the 145 division, marking the first time that Penn has competed at featherweight.
The news was confirmed later by the UFC, who also stated that Penn and Edgar would square off in April, 2014.
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UFC President Dana White stated;
“BJ Penn is moving down to 145 lbs. to coach The Ultimate Fighter against Frankie Edgar. 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.”
The bout will also mark a trilogy between the two fighters, with Edgar taking the UFC lightweight title from BJ Penn in a back and forth battle at UFC 112 in April, 2010 ,with Edgar also coming out on top in the rematch four months later at UFC 118.
UFC President Dana White also revealed that the original plan was for Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber (29-6) to feature as coaches, however the pair could not agree on a weight class ahead of the bout, resulting in BJ Penn coming in.
The UFC recently held tryouts for the 19th TUF season, which will feature middleweight and light heavyweights, with the show set to begin airing in January, 2014.