Frankie Edgar Thinks Trilogy Fight With BJ Penn Is ‘All About The Show’


Former UFC Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar surprised many last week by signing on to fight fellow former champion BJ Penn at the end of their stint as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 19. Recently getting back on the winning track against Charles Oliveira at UFC 162, Edgar was sitting at No. 3 in the UFC Featherweight division and primed to make another run at Jose Aldo.

Now it’s tough to say what a win against Penn will accomplish for Edgar, but it’s clear that a loss certainly won’t look good, as it would mark four losses in five fights for “The Answer.” But Edgar has never been one to back down from a challenge, and he’s already beat Penn twice. He appeared on today’s edition of “The MMA Hour” to discuss his puzzling decision:

“I definitely didn’t expect it. But it’s exciting nonetheless. Coaching the show is definitely good for your career, and it’s something I’ve never done before, and it’s definitely exciting.”

When Ariel Helwani asked him if he would have preferred to fight rumored opponent Urijah Faber, Edgar responded.:

“I think if Urijah could have worked , if the weight classes could have worked, it would obviously have been something new to do. I would’ve done it against Urijah at 45, but he was pretty adamant about doing it at 35.”

The discussion shifted to just what Edgar stands to gain by taking on the task of coaching the show against “The Prodigy”:

“You know what it is, it’s the show. Coaching the show is definitely something that’s going to help my career. You look at all the past coaches, they were some of the most popular guys in the UFC. It’s going to happen sooner or later, and this is how it had to happen.”

Edgar also revealed that filming on the show will begin filming in mid-October, and the he will fight Penn in early 2014. Edgar is a gamer, giving Penn a third chance to beat him while there are a ton of other interesting bouts against some of the top contenders at 145 lbs. Did Edgar make the right decision?

  • for a sec i thought his shirt said SWAG lol

  • No he didn't make the right decision. He took this fight on confidence and only stands to lose more than he could gain. He should be fighting a top tier 145'er (i.e. Mendes, Lamas, Poirier). Not to mention, the UFC could have given BJ a much better match up since it's his first fight back in a while, and in a new division.

  • Still makes no sense for Edgar to be in this fight. It would have been better if they split the first 2 fight then this fight would make more sense.

  • Great fight for Penn if he wins, bad fight for Edgar if he loses. From the other POV, should Edgar win it's not that big a deal, likewise should Penn lose the contest.

    However, I think the match works on many levels. The trilogy bout is itself interesting, but Penn coming back at 145 is a fascinating story. It demonstrates resolve on his behalf to be in shape.

    It he's that resolved to hit 145, then it means he's motivated and a motivated BJ Penn, even at (nearly) 35, should be a scary thing in the Octagon. As good as Edgar is, I don't know that he could deal with the Penn that so handily dispatched Pulver, Stevenson, Sherk, Florian & Sanchez. When BJ is in shape and motivated, there are few better fighters in the world and I don't know that Frankie is a fighter that could deal with him.

    This is great match at 145 and one that draws a still viable fighter and champion, back into the Octagon. A win over Edgar and another opponent and we could easily be talking about Aldo / Penn and if Penn's the same old BJ, that would be a fight many would love to see.

    As a big Edgar fan, I hate to say it, but I'll be pulling for rooting for Penn in this, large. If Penn could put together a modest winning streak, get a shot at Aldo (or whoever), take the belt and retire, I'd be thrilled for him.

    It would be a Hollywood ending to his storied career, put his legacy in proper standing and might well put him back on the P4P list, as he surfed off into the sunset. That would all be very cool and if an Edgar loss stands in the way of it, then as an Edgar fan I say, let it be so. Frankie won't be cut, he'll still be ranked and he's going to be making money from the fight and the show, so I'm fine with it.

    Go Penn.

  • I hope Penn gets the flash KO. Just dont care for Edgar. Although this would not mean that BJ is "back" as he would claim….He would go down again against any other legit contender probably…maybe , dont know. But seriously, bantam said it right…this fight makes no sense and maybe Frankie took it to put him in the win column…therefore, I hope his plan is busted along with his jaw.

  • I'm glad this happened. Can't wait for the show.