Frankie Edgar vs. BJ Penn Set to Headline Second Night of Back-to-Back UFC Events

March 19, 2014
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Frankie Edgar vs. BJ PennThe Ultimate Fighting Championship is going bigger than ever before with UFC International Fight Week in July in Las Vegas.

The promotion will put on UFC 175, which has yet to garner a headlining bout, on Saturday, July 5, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The next day, The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale will take place in the same venue, but that event does have its headlining bout.

UFC Tonight reported on Wednesday night that UFC officials confirmed Frankie Edgar vs. BJ Penn 3 would headline the TUF 19 Finale.

Edgar and Penn, of course, are coaching opposite each other during the nineteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter, which is slated to feature a line-up of middleweight and light heavyweight male fighters vying for a berth into the UFC.

Penn (16-9-2) has been in and out of a pseudo retirement over the past couple of years, but dangling a featherweight fight with Edgar in front of him convinced the Hawaiian to return to the Octagon.

Penn coached season five of The Ultimate Fighter, which Edgar, funny enough, tried out but did not get selected for.

Edgar (16-4-1) has fought twice since Penn’s last bout in December of 2012. Edgar has challenged Jose Aldo for the featherweight title, losing that fight, but then bounced back with a unanimous-decision victory over Charles Oliveira.

Penn, by comparison, will be fighting for the first time at 145 pounds when they meet in July.

Edgar and Penn have fought twice before with Edgar winning five-round unanimous decisions in both.

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  • b-soc

    Wow, Frankie beats him twice and there’s a third fight. This is what the UFC is reduced to.

    • shakejunt

      they both wanted this, it’s not like the ufc forced them into it. bj wanted to fight ben henderson to get a third shot at frankie, but frankie just straight accepted it.

      • Joe

        Exactly and when a legend like BJ wants to fight and is not demanding a title fight you take advantage of it and put him on the card. Edgar sees this as an opportunity to show his skills off to a new fan base against a fighter he has beat twice, and BJ wants to get that loss back that’s been eating at him.

        • shakejunt

          frankie could definitely use the momentum in hopes of getting a #1 contender fight next should he win

  • Dragon Kid

    This rematch is just as pointless as Shogun vs Hendo 2.

    • JDMMA

      pointless? I bet you were the one crying that the Judges robbed Shogun in that fight…

      • Dragon Kid

        There’s nothing to gain in both matches

  • James

    BJ still has a great following… UFC is still a business and they’re and will always be about the $$$… That’s why fighters need to look good and finish strong in fights or the fans will turn on them, they won’t be able to carry a fight card and in the end, no title shot…

  • JDMMA

    Any predictions for the 5th of July Main event? UFC 175 I guess ?

  • AXE MURDERER

    I always wanted to see Edgar vs Gil & Alvarez when all were the same weight class & champs in the 3 different organizations…