Former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight champion B.J. Penn is a proud man. He can't really accept that he lost his 155 pound crown to Frankie Edgar at UFC 112 and has an even harder time accepting that he lost the rematch to Edgar at UFC 118.
Now the two men are booked to coach the next season of The Ultimate Fighter and then fight one another again, this time at Featherweight. It will be Penn's first time to fight at 145 pounds.
He's taking no chances on the third bout according to MMA Fighting:
"It was a honor to receive this invitation (to be a coach on Team Penn)," Nova Uniao coach Andre Pederneiras said. "B.J. and his brother are really close. He is really excited and motivated with his fight against Edgar. It's going to be a great opportunity for me to show my work as a coach to the audience outside of Brazil, which is not used to see my work closely."
Pederneiras wants Penn to train with Aldo at Nova Uniao for his upcoming bout and, according to the coach, the former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion will train for his next fight in Rio de Janeiro.
"We've studied Edgar's game a lot for Aldo's fight," he said, "so I believe there's no better place and sparrings better for B.J. to come back in great fashion and motivated."
Pederneiras is one of the best coaches in MMA today and if B.J. truly leaves the comfy confines of his Hawaiian gym to go to Rio to train with Featherweight champ Jose Aldo and the rest of the Nova Uniao team, it will prove he's truly taking the fight seriously.
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