B.J.Penn Drops Down To 145, Will Fight And Coach TUF 19 Opposite Frankie Edgar

The MMA world thought we had seen the last of B.J.Penn after losing soundly to Rory MacDonald at UFC on Fox 5 last December. We were all mistaken as the UFC announced that the former two division champion will be returning to the UFC, but this time as a featherweight as he will coach the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter alongside former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Penn and Edgar will then fight for third time at an event that wasn’t announced at this time.

The pairing was announced earlier this evening on “UFC Tonight”. UFC President Dana White said this was a fight that Penn wanted really bad.

“B.J.Penn is moving down to 145 lbs. to coach The Ultimate Fighter against Frankie Edgar,” said UFC President Dana White. “BJ really hates the fact that he lost to Frankie Edgar. It’s something that’s been burning deep inside of him for three years now. So he’s moving down to 145 lbs. to not only avenge those defeats, but to try and become the first fighter in UFC history to win titles in three different weight classes.

“When B.J.Penn gets fired up about something, he goes, crazy, you know what I mean?” UFC president Dana White said. “The kid’s fired up, he’s got me fired up about this, he believes he can beat Frankie Edgar, he can compete at 145 pounds. It’s tough to say no to B.J.”

Penn (16-9-2 in MMA) is one of only two men to win UFC world titles in two separate divisions. The former welterweight and lightweight champion has defeated a Who’s Who of MMA, including UFC champions Matt Hughes, Matt Serra and Sean Sherk. His reign over the UFC’s 155lbs. division was ended in 2010’s Upset of the Year, when he was outpointed by Frankie Edgar. “The Prodigy” not only returns to the UFC but also The Ultimate Fighter, after coaching season five back in 2007.

After defeating Penn in two fights, Edgar (15-4-1) established a reputation for lightweight excellence. “The Answer” defended the lightweight championship in a pair of all-time classic battles with Gray Maynard before losing the title on a controversial decision to Benson Henderson. Edgar then dropped to featherweight where he lost to featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 156 in February and rebounded with an unanimous decision over Charles Oliveira at UFC 162 in July. Many believe he will join Penn as a two-division world champion.

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UFC Video: First Fight Between Anthony Pettis and Benson Henderson

Tonight at UFC 164, the main event is a rematch between UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson facing off with Anthony Pettis. These two squared off at the final WEC event, WEC 53 in December of 2010.

It was a very close fight going into the fifth and final round, with Pettis landing the “Showtime Kick” late in the round to secure the victory. Since then Henderson has gone undefeated in the UFC in seven fights and became the lightweight in February of last year defeating Frankie Edgar.

Pettis has gone 3-1 in his UFC run, winning his last three fights.

Who will win the rematch tonight at UFC 164? Watch the video above of the first fight.

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UFC 162 Bonuses: Weidman Picks Up Bonus After Knocking Out Anderson Silva

After knocking out the longest reigning champion in UFC history, Chris Weidman picked up a little extra money for his handywork.

The new middleweight champion picked up an additional $50,000 for his “knockout of the night” win over Anderson Silva.

UFC officials also announced after the card that they were handing two $50,000 “fight of the night” bonuses as well. Those went to featherweights Frankie Edgar and Charles Oliveira with the other one going to featherweights Cub Swanson and Dennis Siver. There was no “submission of the night” bonuses due to no submissions on the card.

Edgar and Oliveira fought a three round war with Edgar (16-4-1 MMA, 10-4-1 UFC) defeating Oliveira (16-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) by unanimous decision (30-27×3) in a fight closer than the scorecards would indicate.

Siver and Swanson kicked off the main card of last night’s main card. The two top featherweights put on a show as Silver won the first round with Swanson coming back to win the second. Swanson (20-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC) then closed the show and stopped Siver (21-9 MMA, 10-6 UFC) in the third by TKO to pick up his fifth straight win.

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Video: UFC 162 Countdown Full Episode

The UFC traditionally does an event every year on Fourth of July weekend. This year is no different.

UFC 162 takes place on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The UFC last night aired, “Countdown to UFC 162″ last night on Fuel TV.

The episode previewed the main event featuring UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva Anderson Silva(33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) defending his title against Chris Weidman(9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC), former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar(15-4-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC) against Charles Oliveira(16-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in the co-main event in featherweight action and featherweights Dennis Siver(21-8 MMA, 10-5 UFC) facing off with Cub Swanson(19-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in a key bout between top 10 featherweights.

Watch the full videos below previewing all three fights.

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