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B.J. Penn и Frankie Edgar ще са следващите треньори в TUF


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И ще се бият във FW дивизията през април. Шоуто ще се излъчва през януари и ще включва MW и LHW бойци. WAR B.J.!


The retirement home isn't just calling B.J. Penn just yet.

In fact, not only is the former UFC welterweight and lightweight champion preparing for his return to the Octagon, but he also plans on competing at 145 pounds for the first time.

The company announced on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight that the Penn will coach The Ultimate Fighter 19 head to head with former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. The show will feature middleweight and light heavyweight fighters.

The two will then square off in a coaches fight at the end of the season.

The duo, of course, have already fought twice, with Edgar taking both of their 155-pound fights.

Edgar (16-4-1) ended Penn's two-year reign as lightweight champion with a unanimous-decision victory at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi. The pair rematched at UFC 118 in Boston, which Edgar won on another decision, which was more one-sided than the first fight.

Penn (16-9-2) returned to welterweight after that fight to mixed results. He knocked out Matt Hughes in a trilogy fight; drew with Jon Fitch in a title eliminator, and lost one-sided fights to Nick Diaz and Rory MacDonald.

Edgar, meanwhile, went on to defend the belt nearly two years before losing a decision to Benson Henderson at UFC 144. Edgar then lost close decisions to Henderson in a rematch and featherweight champion Jose Aldo before defeating Charles Oliveira at UFC 162 in a Fight of the Night performance.

The 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter will begin airing in January of next year. While the event will be held in April, the exact date and location are to be determined.

In an interview on UFC Tonight, Dana White indicated the initial plan for to have Edgar coach with Urijah Faber. But Edgar didn't want to come down to bantamweight, Faber didn't want to drop to featherweight, and White is not a fan of catchweight fights.


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Поне за B.J. е огромна възможност да възроди кариерата си и има уникалния шанс да стане шампион в три отделни дивизии (тук вече е якооооооо wishful thinking). Много трудно да повярва човек, че Penn ще успее да направи weight cut-а до 145, и то не защото е прекалено голям за дивизията, а просто защото няма мотивацията да следи теглoто си, и да тренира на професионално ниво. Ако всичко се развие перфектно, то поне B.J. Penn трябва да е конкурентен на Edgar. Ако успее да го победи, ще получи title shot със сигурност.

Вече Edgar нищо не печели от самия мач. Да не говорим, че го е победил два пъти. Е, има добра възможност да е треньор в TUF, което ти дава някакви облаги, но победа над вече залязващия Penn, не е нещо уникално.

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