Frankie Edgar planning to retire B.J. Penn after TUF 19

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Former UFC Lightweight champ Frankie Edgar thinks he can beat B.J. Penn a third time and force the ex-champ's retirement.

Well you can't say he's not confident.

Former UFC Lightweight champ Frankie Edgar has beaten B.J. Penn twice by decision at UFC 112 and UFC 118. Now they're set to coach the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter and fight for a third time as Featherweights.

Here's what Edgar said on UFC Tonight:

"I do think I have his number, every fight is different. I'm going to approach this as a new challenge. I'm not thinking he's going to come in the same as he did the last two. I expect him to come in and change a little. I want to show my improvement over the last three years. I think he was kind of close to retirement and I think another loss will maybe decide it for him."

He also had some words for a certain fast-rising Featherweight who's been calling him out:

"Conor McGregor is an up-and-comer and maybe in a couple more we can meet down the road. I wish him well in his recovery, he's got a ways to go before we meet, he's got a lot of potential and he's a guy I can see myself in the cage with in the future."

Edgar is 1-1 as a Featherweight. Penn's never fought at that weight.

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