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Penn: Edgar “Standing in the Way” of “Greatest Lightweight” Status

Kelsey Mowatt

BJ Penn

Although it’s been a little while now since it was announced that BJ Penn is coming back and will fight Frankie Edgar next year, the shock hasn’t completely worn off. After all, it wasn’t long ago that Dana White was saying Penn should probably hang it up, and now “The Prodigy” is set to coach TUF and could be dropping to 145. It’s certainly an intriguing development.

On the latest edition of “UFC Tonight”, here’s what the decorated fighter had to say about his upcoming bout with Edgar, and why he believes his third scrap with him will have a different outcome (Edgar won his first two bouts with Penn by unanimous decision).

“I’m bringing in one of my old coaches, Nova Uniao founder Andre Pederneiras, who gave me my black belt, to train me again. I’m also talking to Mike Dolce to help me make weight. I’m making changes to my camp, but keeping the core for values. I’m going to train with Jose Aldo. I’m hooking up with my roots and getting some great training for this fight. I’m coming to beat Frankie Edgar.”

“I want this fight. Frankie is the man. He hasn’t really lost, if you ask me. He’s had close fights at 155 and at 145. If I’m the greatest of all time, and he beat me, what does that make him? Frankie, bring your A game and let’s do this. I got nothing wrong with Frankie. He’s a great person. I don’t think he has a bad bone in his body. All I know is he’s the one thing standing in the way of everybody saying that BJ Penn was the greatest lightweight fighter ever.”

Clearly Penn’s memorable run at lightweight is still a motivating factor for the legend. Penn also added that apparently they’re still discussing what weight the third bout with Edgar will take place at, but that he can make 145 “any day of the week.”

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