Frankie Edgar (16-4-1 MMA, 10-4-1 UFC) said there is no way he will lose to Former UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn (16-9-2 MMA, 12-8-2 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 19 finale on July 6.
“The fact that I did beat him twice – no way I want to lose to him a third time, and that could happen. The fact that I don’t want to lose the third time out is motivating.”
BJ Penn is 1-2-1 in his last four fights. He beat Matt Hughes via knockout at UFC 123 – Rampage vs. Machida on Nov / 20 / 2010, but then we to a draw with Jon Fitch at UFC 127 – Penn vs. Fitch on Feb / 27 / 2011. He lost to Nick Diaz via unanimous decision at UFC 137 – Penn vs. Diaz on Oct / 29 / 2011 and then lost to Rory MacDonald via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 5 – Henderson vs. Diaz on Dec / 08 / 2012.
“Listen, you get on the show, you’re popular, you’re kind of hot right now in trends and whatnot, and then that kind of promotes you in the media’s eyes a little bit. Sometimes when that happens, title shots happen. Of course my goal is to get that title and do whatever I can to get there, but I’m just focusing on B.J., and those things will work itself out. If it’s one more fight or this fight that’s get me there, I’m willing to do it.”
The two will fight again on July 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center for The Ultimate Fighter 19 finale.