Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion B.J. Penn will take on Frankie Edgar some time in April of next year after the two serve as coaches on ‘The Ultimate Fighter 19’. This will be the former world champion’s first time making the cut to 145-pounds and to do so he has added Mike Dolce to the team.
The man behind ‘The Dolce Diet’ posted on his website what he thought about Penn making his return to the Octagon at the new weight class.
BJ Penn is the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. He is a legend – a two-division world champion as a 170-pound welterweight and a 155-pound lightweight that has been fighting professionally before most athletes even knew what MMA or the UFC was. It is a great honor to join BJ on his journey back into the Octagon and, in my opinion, to make history as the first ever three-division world champion in our sport.
This will be a trilogy fight between Penn and Edgar, with “The Answer” having won both outings against “The Prodigy”. Penn has wanted this fight for quite some time and Dolce says that he wanted a ‘tough’ Edgar.
First thing’s first. We have a very tough Frankie Edgar standing in our way and in speaking to BJ, that is exactly the way he wants it! I will be flying out to Hilo, Hawaii this week to begin growing my relationship with BJ and offer my skills to his camp.
Look for a lean and mean Penn to enter the Octagon against Edgar some time next April on his quest to make another run at UFC gold.