It’s been several days now since the UFC announced that BJ Penn will fight Franki Edgar for a third time next April, but the news probably still hasn’t completely sunk in with some folks. Not only did the announcement turn some heads because the two will coach TUF 19, and the bout will be at 145, but Edgar holds two decision wins over Penn. Sure, one can understand why Penn wants another crack at the former lightweight champ, but what’s in it for Edgar?
While speaking on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour”, Edgar was asked about how the bout came together and why he agreed to the third fight. The highly regarded fighter conceded that coaching on TUF is going to help his career, but also noted (comments from MMA Fighting.com):
“B.J. is calling me out, saying he can beat me,” Edgar said, who is coming off a UD victory over Charles Oliveira at UFC 162. “My competitiveness also comes into play.”
“In conversation, I said I want to finish B.J. That’s what I did. I said ‘I want to finish him.’, added Edgar while referring to a talk he had with Dana White about the fight. “Obviously he called me out, the last two wins weren’t convincing enough for him for him to say ‘I’m done’.
“I gotta give him a reason to say, ‘I don’t want to fight this guy no more.'”
Edgar also said that Penn isn’t “super sucked in” at 155 and that he believes the decorated fighter will make 145. That is certainly going to be one interesting factor tied to the fight. “The Answer” also revealed that there was talk of a bout between him and Urijah Faber, but that neither man was willing to move a weight class and White wasn’t down with a catch-weight fight.
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