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BJ Penn Wants to Be the First to Win Titles in Three Different Divisions

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It was recently announced that former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn will be a coach on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. He’ll be facing a former opponent, #3 ranked featherweight Frankie Edgar.

According to UFC president Dana White, this is part of an attempt by Penn to become the first fighter to capture a title in three separate weight classes.

“BJ Penn is moving down to 145 pounds to coach The Ultimate Fighter against Frankie Edgar,” White wrote in a press release. “BJ really hates the fact that he lost to Frankie Edgar. It’s something that’s been burning deep inside of him for three years now. So he’s moving down to 145 pounds to not only avenge those defeats, but to try and become the first fighter in UFC history to win titles in three different weight classes.”

Penn has earned a reputation for fighting well outside of his “ideal” weight class. In addition to his titles in both the lightweight and welterweight divisions, he’s beaten fighters at middleweight, and even faced Lyoto Machida in an open-weight bout (during which Machida weighed 220 pounds).

He’s now made the move down to featherweight, and will face Edgar for the third time sometime in 2014. This will be his second time coaching on The Ultimate Fighter.