Just a few months ago, it looked like BJ Penn’s storied career might be over, as UFC boss man Dana White wasn’t shy about the fact he didn’t think the legend should fight anymore. Now, as 2013 nears it’s end, it’s been announced that Penn will coach TUF 19 and will fight Frankie Edgar for a third time in 2014. If you saw that coming, you might also want to predict the next winning lottery numbers.
Of course, most fans and pundits agree that Penn’s decision to drop down from welterweight is key, since he was clearly outgunned by Rory MacDonald and Nate Diaz in his last two fights. But why does Penn think his third fight with Edgar will be any different? Considering he’s already dropped two unanimous decision losses to the former champ? While speaking on the latest edition of “UFC Tonight”, here’s what “The Prodigy” had to say about the changes he’s making for Edgar-Penn III:
“I’m bringing in one of my old coaches, Nova Uniao founder Andre Pederneiras, who gave me my black belt, to train me again. I’m also talking to Mike Dolce to help me make weight. I’m making changes to my camp, but keeping the core for values. I’m going to train with Jose Aldo. I’m hooking up with my roots and getting some great training for this fight. I’m coming to beat Frankie Edgar.”
“I want this fight. Frankie is the man. He hasn’t really lost, if you ask me. He’s had close fights at 155 and at 145. If I’m the greatest of all time, and he beat me, what does that make him? Frankie, bring your A game and let’s do this. I got nothing wrong with Frankie. He’s a great person. I don’t think he has a bad bone in his body. All I know is he’s the one thing standing in the way of everybody saying that BJ Penn was the greatest lightweight fighter ever.”
It certainly sounds like Penn is motivated to add another memorable chapter to his resume. The 34 year-old also said that although they haven’t decided for sure what weight the bout with Edgar will be at, he has no doubts he can make 145.
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