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B.J. Penn Heads To Featherweight; Will Coach TUF 19 Against Frankie Edgar

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Joe Nicholson-USA Today Sports

Surprising news comes in today, as former UFC lightweight and welterweight champ B.J. Penn is going to be making his return to the octagon — but it’s going to be in the featherweight division. Not only that, but he is going to be coaching the next season of the Ultimate Fighter against fellow featherweight Frankie Edgar. This news comes from UFC’s Twitter page:

BREAKING: @FrankieEdgar and @bjpenndotcom will coach Season 19 of @TUFonFS1 and then fight at Featherweight next April!

This is huge news for Penn and Edgar fans, as this will be a trilogy fight and it will be in a new weight class for Penn. In their first two outings, each fighter was able to put on a war. Edgar ended up winning the first bout, but the fight was highly controversial and many fans felt Penn had done enough in terms of the striking department to get the victory. The second bout was a little more convincing for Edgar as he was able to win a unanimous decision.

Now, Penn gets the chance to avenge those losses, and it will be compelling to see him try and make the featherweight limit. In the past, Penn has had trouble with his cardio and conditioning issues, so it will be interesting to see how his training camp will adjust to compete in this new weight class.

Penn is coming off a deflating loss to Rory MacDonald, so he will be looking to get an impressive win under his belt in hopes of making a run at the title, which is currently being held by Jose Aldo.

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