According to a July 6 report from MMA Mania, UFC legend BJ Penn battles Frankie Edgar for the third time in his storied career, in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale. Penn, 35, lost four of his past six, but he says he feels better than ever. After more than a year away from the cage, Penn is ready to return against Edgar, a former UFC champion.
Penn is riding a two-fight losing streak, including losses to Rory MacDonald and Nick Diaz. The Hawaiian was completely outclassed in his fights with MacDonald and Diaz, dropping unanimous decisions in both affairs. Penn looked like a shell of his former self in both fights, as MacDonald and Diaz literally turned him into a human punching bag. Will Edgar be able to do the same?
Edgar, 32, will obviously be a big favorite heading into the fight with Penn. However, he has also been on the wrong side of some judges' decisions in recent years. Edgar, the former UFC lightweight champ, dropped three of his past four. Edgar's losses are viewed differently than Penn's recent defeats though, as the New Jersey native easily could have been awarded the judges' decision in all of his three recent losses.
Edgar went toe-to-toe with Jose Aldo for three rounds early last year, giving the Brazilian champion all he could handle. Before that, Edgar slugged it out with Benson Henderson twice, losing both in razor-thin judges' decisions. Edgar vs. Penn should be a great fight that will determine who climbs up the ladder in the UFC's featherweight division, and who should contemplate retirement. The TUF 19 Finale is already underway, as Robert Drysdale opened the card with a submission win over Keith Berish in a fight that aired on UFC Fight Pass.
TUF 18 contestant Sarah Moras also fought on the UFC Fight Pass portion of the card, defeating Alexis Dufresne via unanimous decision. The action then turned to FOX Sports 1, with Patrick Walsh defeating Dan Spohn via decision, Later on the TUF 19 Finale card, Adriano Martins knocked out Juan Manuel Puig in a lightweight clash. Corey Anderson takes on Matt Van Buren in the TUF 19 Finale co-main.