The former reigning lightweight champ is back, as UFC Tonight reports that BJ Penn has not only signed a new contract with the UFC, but that he has agreed to drop down to 145 pounds to attempt to take on the man that took his belt. Frankie Edgar will now coach the next season of The Ultimate Fighter against “The Prodigy,” which will debut in Jan. of 2014 according to UFC president Dana White.

Penn may have lost two decisions to the scrapper and fellow former champ, but that he has the motivation to avenge to soured loss.

“He says, ‘I can beat Frankie Edgar,'” White said. “The two first fights were BS. I want that fight again. I want to beat this guy so bad. It’s all I want.”

Edgar, of course, fought as a lightweight for the majority of his career. However, he made the drop to 145 pounds earlier this year for a failed bit to unseat champ Jose Aldo. In July, he bounced back with a win over Charles Oliveira.

Meanwhile, Penn is a former titleholder at both 170 and 155 pounds. However, the fight with Edgar would mark his first at featherweight, and if he could find a way to make a championship run, he could become the first fighter in UFC history to earn titles in three different weight classes.

Penn previously served as a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter 5,” which aired in 2007. “The Ultimate Fighter 19” is expected to feature light heavyweight and middleweight UFC hopefuls. Filming begins in Las Vegas in mid-October.

Huh?

RT @CagedInsider: BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar III set, following TUF 19 coaching gig — http://t.co/4kBvGDbU97

RT @CagedInsider: BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar III set, following TUF 19 coaching gig — http://t.co/4kBvGDbU97

RT @CagedInsider: BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar III set, following TUF 19 coaching gig — http://t.co/4kBvGDbU97

Really? I thought BJ retired?

It will be the lowest rating of all TUF Series!

AwesomeNess! Penn’s a great coach, I’m sure the rivalry between he & Edgar will make for a great show.

WAR PRODIGY!!!!!

Awesome, better than Rousey/Tate

You see this? Tony Franciotti

Wow ….I really hope Penn comes in sharp. He really needs to work on his cardio. Bee Stevenson

Fuck that,Frankie all day!!!

Frankie might finish him lol Bee Stevenson

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This is a bullshit fight! Franki can’t beat anyone else so Dana gives him a washed up fighter ..

frankie didn’t just beat Charles Oliveira? He also called out cub swanson and cub turned it down.

frankie also got robbed in the aldo and the 2nd henderson fight

What a joke . Bj couldn’t make 170 right now . This will be the end of TUF. Probably for the best

NOOOO… Why this two guys aren’t really relevant in the respective weight classes… have nick diaz coach carlos condit!!!

I hope BJ cripples Frankie once and for all!

Seems like a step back for Edgar at this point.

Pedro, Do you really think Nick Diaz could ever be trusted to be on time everyday for six weeks for a TUF coaching gig? Come on.

@CagedInsider booorrrring

Frankie yes but BJ? what dumbass put this shit together and why no one cares about this match up.

Hopefully BJ fights his own fight and brings his old ways back. Last few fights he just didnt seem to be there.

Bradley Busby , John Lilo Fulu

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Why

why the UFC does shit like this is beyond me lol regardless I’ll probably watch it anyways

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