Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn Set To Coach TUF 19, Will Fight At Featherweight in 2014


A shocking announcement on tonight’s edition of “UFC Tonight” has the next season of The Ultimate Fighter already scheduled, and the coaches are probably not who you envisioned.

After a potential coaching spot opposite Urijah Faber was shot down, former UFC Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will coach TUF 19 against his former rival and multi-class UFC champ B.J. ‘The Prodigy’ Penn. Penn had been rumored to be making a return to the Octagon at Lightweight, and he was last seen getting dismantled by Rory MacDonald at UFC on Fox 5.

Now, his return will be at Featherweight. Penn has never fought at 145 lbs. before, and he’s had his struggles making 155, showing up out of shape and gassing at times. It’s lead to many fans believing that we never saw Penn recognize his full potential.

Edgar recently got back on the winning track by defeating Charles Oliveira in the co-main event of UFC 162. Before that, he had dropped three consecutive title fights to top competition in Benson Henderson and Jose Aldo. With so much talent waiting in the wings at Featherweight, Penn is probably the last name we expected to see opposite Edgar.

Set to debut next April, it’s a strange turn of events because Penn lost his title to Edgar via controversial decision at UFC 112 before losing a rematch with him at UFC 118. It would seem that there’s not much unfinished business between the two, but the fight will go on nonetheless.

TUF 19 has thrown its name into the mix right as TUF 18 has barely begun. Do you like this matchup of former rivals?

  • ummmmmmmmm ok?

  • Yeah kind of strange huh

  • ummmmmmm ok? i think this rivalry is awesome and bj penn at 145 who knows, its kind of strange yeah but it is better than shane carwin vs roy nelson

    • When you put it like that, yes it is much much better.

      • Fast forward to 2024 and it's BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar XVII for the inaugral masters straw weight belt

  • It's like a lose-lose situation. Edgar won't get anything out of beating Penn.

    • Ask Marquez if he didn't get anything after KTFO Manny in their fourth fight. BJ has the talent we'll see if he puts the work.

      • He didn't, just because he knocked out Manny means nothing. You really think Chris Weidman is the more accomplished fighter just because he knocked out Anderson Silva?

        • Nevertheless Marquez and Weidman got the win by KO that by itself its an accomplishment. You really think that KOing Silva doesn't mean anything? BTW I like Silva, always cheer for him.

          • Sure it means "something".. it means a WIN and a WIN is a WIN… other than that however it doesn't mean sh*t. Silva is still #1 in my book. He was acting stupid and got caught (which i applaud) but that's it.

  • Beating Penn for the 3rd time does what for Edgar? Not understanding this at all…

  • It is an entertaining proposition for sure, but I'm with aaron in the sense that I thought Edgar should fight Swanson, then Mendes vs. Lamas. Most impressive win gets Aldo when he heals up next year.

    Featherweight is stacked and Frankie should be looking for another title shot. Now he has a ton of time ******* with TUF. But hey, could be an awesome match.

    • I think that's why they did this, too be fair to the other featherweight contenders and take Frankie out the title picture for 6 months or so.

  • Edgar is taking this fight because he knows he can beat BJ, and after losing three in a row, staying in the win column has to be on his mind. If BJ takes this seriously and motivates himself he might have a chance to catch Frankie, however BJ's lack of speed will be exploited at this division like never before.

    • Actually Edgar is not on a losing streak anymore, he just beat Charles Olivera.

      • Actually he didn't even say so.

  • In a word…awesome.

  • Not a good fight for Both actually. Penn at 145 when he fought WW? Frankie fighting Penn for 3rd time when he won the first 2? It's really a lose lose for Edgar. Credit Edgar for putting everything on the line here.

    • BJ is a natural LW, he never had any business fighting at WW and LHW. He's a LW that could easily make featherweight if he gets in shape! BJ has always been too lazy to get in TOP shape. This move down tells me he's ready to finally put in the work and i'm VERY excited about that.

      • He needs help from someone like Dolce or get back with the Marinovich brother's, otherwise I think it will be a bad weight cut

        • Yeah i hope he gets with Dolce…. im sure DW will try and make sure he does.

  • jesus christ can they give BJ a confidence fight . the guy has lost however many fights in a row and they keep giving him step up in competition. also not to mention he hasnt fought at LW in years and is probably pretty big now and wants to go to FW! its obvious if he losses he retires and i dont want that. LOVE to see BJ every week on TV but this is one of the stupidest decisions ever

  • i dont recall bj ever having any issue with making 155?,,… correct me if im wrong but all i remember is him complaining about not being a fan of dieting down and cutting a lot is all.

  • Edgar vs Rory MacDonald.See if he can fair better than Penn did.

  • Why? Seriously? BJ has nothing to gain and Frankie doesn't either. Frankie's too fast and he's proven that twice, why is a third fight necessary? Why would them doing the Ultimate Fighter be necessary? Why didn't they do Cain vs. Junior and go back to the heavyweights if anything? Whatever I'm not in charge of thinking of new ideas I just fail to see the point of this one. I hope this wasn't BJ's idea.

  • featherweight? ummmm not being disrespectful or anything, but the 1st question in mind is can bj even make 145?

  • This is the best news i've heard this week…!!! BJ at featherweight? are u fuckin* kidding me? How does one not get excited about this fight? BJ has been fighitng oversized monkey's his last bunch of fights after Frankie and we all know that when he fought frankie he was not in shape and focused. He was relying on his natural talent and that only gets you so far. For him to make a comeback at featherweight sends out a VERY strong message! It means he's ready to WORK. We might see the best BJ Penn we've ever seen. If we're lucky, we'll get to see BJ fight at his full potential for the first time. Just that prospect makes this fight EVERYTHING!

  • I find it difficult to believe this story.. how could they be so out of touch, especially considering the decline of ratings of TUF. I couldn't care less about the outcome of a third fight between these two. And I'm a big fan of both fighters, but that doesn't matter.

  • I don't see much in this fight for Frankie since hes allready beaten Penn 2 times. People can argue about the first one.

    How ever I read a lot of bad things about Penn. He sure is a natural LW but I love the fact that he does not give a **** about how much bigger his opponent is. Hell the dude has even been fighting heavy weights back in the days.

    If Penn comes back motivated it will be interesting to see him at 145.
    But from Edgars side I could see a lot of other match ups making more sense right now.

  • Wow, just saw two dogs fighting in the back alley…..ones I haven't seen before.

  • I'm excited for the fight just because it's a MMA fight and I love watching MMA fight's. It being in the UFC is a bonus.

  • Waste of time….both will do fine as coaches but this ship has sailed….. bad move UFC. BJ should retire and Edgar get another high level match at 145. Penn will gas quickly and Edgar will dominate him…..again. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…………