The Ultimate Fighting Championships revealed on ‘UFC Tonight’ that two-division champ BJ Penn will drop to featherweight and will be coaching the next season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Frankie Edgar – the man who took his lightweight title back in 2010.
BJ Penn is a former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion, who ruled the lightweight division with wins over the likes of Jens Pulver, Joe Stevenson, Sean Sherk, Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez prior to succumbing to Frankie Edgar at UFC 112 in a close unanimous decision. The two fought again in a rematch later that year, which Edgar dominated for five rounds. Penn has not won a fight since his KO win over Matt Hughes in 2010.
Frankie Edgar successfully defended the lightweight title three times after earned the strap from Penn. A dominant rematch win over the two-division champ, as well a KO win over Gray Maynard positioned Edgar as one of the top ten pound-for-pound fighters at the time. Since then, Edgar suffered three consecutive losses to Benson Henderson (twice) and Jose Aldo – all in title fights. In July, Edgar picked up a decision victory over Charles Oliveira to break his losing streak.
UFC President Dana White mentioned in an interview with UFC Tonight that BJ Penn had signed a new deal with the UFC and was personally interested in rematching Edgar.