TUF 19 Finale: Frankie Edgar Batters B.J. Penn Into Retirement With Third-Round TKO
B.J. Penn may have been highly motivated for revenge against Frankie Edgar, but the UFC legend simply had nothing to offer during their trilogy bout in Las Vegas. Edgar completely dominated the Hawaiian veteran en route to a third-round TKO victory. The featherweight clash served as the main event of The Ultimate Fighter season 19 finale.
Edgar had defeated Penn on two prior occasions, and made it a three-peat in stunningly easy and brutal fashion. Edgar had upset “The Prodigy” back in 2010 to win the lightweight strap at UFC 112, and followed that up with an even more dominant performance at UFC 118.
There were eyebrows raised when it was originally announced that Penn would be returning to coach opposite Edgar for TUF 19, and that they would fight as featherweights. It was a weight class Penn had never competed at before. While Penn had no troubles in making the 145-pound limit, he simply wasn’t able to compete at an elite level against the no. 3-ranked Edgar.
The former lightweight and welterweight champion was beaten to the punch by Edgar, taken down at will and pummelled into a bloody mess before the fight was mercifully halted at the 4:16 mark of the third round. It was truly tough to watch.
Penn was direct in his post-fight assessment, stating that he never should have returned. He hadn’t fought since a lopsided decision loss in 2012 to talented welterweight contender Rory MacDonald. The result doesn’t take anything away from “The Prodigy’s” sure-fire Hall of Fame career. As for Edgar, he termed the victory as a bittersweet one and clearly remains a key figure in the UFC’s featherweight division.
Edgar has now reeled off two straight wins since a decision loss in a featherweight title fight at UFC 156 against Jose Aldo. It’s apparent he still has the skills to become a UFC champion again. As for the legendary Penn, he’s come to terms with the fact that his Octagon time has finally come to an end.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports