BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar are currently set to face off as rival coaches on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. In preparation, Penn has tapped Andre Pederneiras, the founder and coach at Brazil’s esteemed Nova Uniao camp, to assist him in leading his team.
“I am honored to have Andre as part of the team,” Penn told BJPenn.com.
“It was a honor to receive this invitation,” added Pederneiras. “BJ and his brother are really close. He is really excited and motivated with his fight against Edgar. It’s going to be a great opportunity for me to show my work as a coach to the audience outside of Brazil, which is not used to see my work closely.”
Nova Uniao is currently one of the world’s top MMA teams. Among their ranks are 11 active UFC fighters including featherweight champion Jose Aldo, interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao, Thales Leites, Gray Maynard, and Mike Swick.
The Ultimate Fighter 19: Penn vs Edgar is expected to premiere early next year on FOX Sports 1.