B.J. Penn, Frankie Edgar to coach on TUF 19

B.J. Penn (left) will coach on TUF 19 along with his UFC 118 opponent, Frankie Edgar. (Photo by Al...

B.J. Penn (left) will coach on TUF 19 along with his UFC 118 opponent, Frankie Edgar. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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, Last Updated: 12:55 PM ET

B.J. (The Prodigy) Penn isn't ready to call it a career just yet.

The former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion will coach opposite former 155-pound titleholder Frankie (The Answer) Edgar on The Ultimate Fighter 19. The two will then battle for a third time next April, this time at featherweight.

UFC officials confirmed the booking via press release Thursday.

“B.J. Penn is moving down to 145 pound to coach The Ultimate Fighter against Frankie Edgar,” UFC president Dana White said. “B.J. 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 pounds 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 two originally met at UFC 112 in April 2010. That night, Edgar won a controversial unanimous decision to capture the lightweight championship. He then erased all doubt, dominating Penn in the rematch four months later.

After losing a pair of thrilling bouts against Benson Henderson, Edgar dropped to 145 pounds to challenge Jose Aldo, but came up short in his bid to capture the title. He picked up his first victory in the new weight class in July, winning a spirited unanimous decision over Charles Oliveira.

Penn's last outing saw him lose a one-sided unanimous decision to B.C. welterweight Rory MacDonald in December.


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