Just when you thought you had seen it all, the UFC goes ahead and drops some huge news today with B.J. Penn and Frankie Edgar coaching opposite each other on the next season of the Ultimate Fighter.
Everyone kind of threw a side glance when Penn said he was retiring. It made sense at the time because he had just suffered two very serious beatings and the hands of Rory McDonald and Nick Diaz; but, it was fairly obvious that he had a little more in the tank.
Edgar suffered a pair of extremely close decisions to Ben Henderson before finally making the move to featherweight. Upon reaching his new class, he immediately challenged for the title against Jose Aldo and lost yet another close decision. Edgar then rebounded at against Charles Oliveira. Oh, I almost forgot this bit of news too — they will be coaching at featherweight.
This is great because of two things. One, they are fighting at Edgar’s best weight and second off, Penn is fighting at featherweight. This is absolutely ridiculous to think of. Here is a little known fact: Penn once fought at light heavyweight. To see that and now to understand that Penn is going to fight at featherweight is pretty wild to imagine. It will be even crazier to see if it affects him in the actual fight.
Another great thing about this is that these two guys have fought each other for 10 rounds already. They know what the other is going to bring to the table, and they need to mix up their game plans accordingly. It will certainly be an excellent season followed by a great fight.