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Frankie Edgar vs. BJ Penn III Headlines TUF 19 Finale

Written by Tom Ngo
March 19th, 2014
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Frankie Edgar

It’s no secret Frankie Edgar (pictured) and BJ Penn will collide once they fulfill their duties as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter 19.” However, the former champions won’t scrap on a pay-per-view card, they will meet on freebie TV in the show’s finale.

On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” it was confirmed the featherweights will complete their trilogy July 6 (Sunday) inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC 175 takes place the prior day at the same venue.

Penn abruptly retired after dropping a convincing unanimous decision loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137. The Hawaiian decided a scrap with Rory MacDonald was the right man to make his initial comeback against. However, MacDonald quickly proved Penn had made a poor choice by steamrolling him in December 2012.

Penn owns a 16-9-2 professional record. He’s the only fighter to don the UFC welterweight and lightweight titles. Although he’s never competed at featherweight, Penn claims he’ll have no issues making 145-pounds.

Edgar, meanwhile, posted two decision wins over Penn when most pundits believed Penn was the greatest lightweight to ever compete in MMA. Edgar then appeared in five straight title bouts, two of which were lightweight rematches and one at featherweight.

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