The trilogy is official.
Former lightweight champions BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar are official for The Ultimate Fighter 19 finale on July 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. They will coach opposite one another on the reality TV series.
MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani made the news official on Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight.
This comes just a day after the UFC 175 card which is also set at the same venue. UFC 175 currently doesn’t have any bouts official for the card. This event will also coincide with the UFC Fan Expo, where the weigh-ins for this event will be held. The event will air live and free on FOX Sports 1.
The rivalry between Penn and Edgar has been quiet recently but began back in 2010 when Edgar pulled out an upset over Penn in Abu Dhabi at UFC 112. Edgar’s first defense of his new title was a rematch with Penn (16-9-2) in Boston at UFC 118. The close decision of their first fight was erased by a decisive victory for Edgar in the second fight, by decision.
This trilogy fight will be contested at featherweight, a first for Penn, who has previously fought at light, welter, and middleweight, as well as a catchweight bout with Lyoto Machida back in 2005.
Edgar has had two fights in the division. His first was a bout with featherweight champion Jose Aldo, which he lost. He then fought Charles Oliveira at UFC 162 and defeated the Brazilian in a ‘Fight of the Night’ performance to mark his first win in the division and second bonus in a row.
As for the season, they will coach light heavyweights and middleweights as seen below, courtesy of BloodyElbow.com:
Team Penn: Anton Berzin (3-1), Josh Clark (7-2), Daniel Spohn (8-3), Chris Fields (10-5-1), Mike King (5-0), Tim Williams (8-1), Cathal Pendred (13-2-1) and Roger Zapata (4-1).
Team Edgar: Corey Anderson (3-0), Patrick Walsh (4-1), Matt Van Buren (6-2), Todd Monaghan (8-2), Ian Stephens (2-0), Dhiego Lima (9-1), Eddie Gordon (6-1) and Hector Urbina (16-8-1).
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