In a bombshell announcement, B.J. Penn has returned to the UFC and will drop two weight classes, from 170 to 145, in order to coach opposite Frankie Edgar on season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter before facing him in an April 2014 matchup.
The news was announced on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight.
Penn has been inactive since Dec. 8, 2012, when he lost to Rory MacDonald at a UFC on FOX event. Since then, he's been home in Hawaii contemplating retirement. In June, it was reported that Penn was considering a return to competition at lightweight, where he was a popular champion from 2008-10 until losing to Edgar in a stunner at UFC 112.
At the time, Edgar was little known and a massive underdog. That led to a rematch that Edgar won again, this time more decisively, a result that led Penn to move up a division to welterweight, where he's competed for his last four fights.
For the 34-year-old Penn (16-9-2), it will be his fourth official career weight class, spanning all the way up to...