Having already defeated former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight and Lightweight champion B.J. Penn on two separate occasions, Frankie Edgar plans to disappoint "The Prodigy" a third time.
The two former 155-pound champions initially went toe-to-toe at UFC 112 in 2009 with Edgar dethroning Penn as the divisional king via unanimous decision. Four months later, "The Answer" once again proved he had the Hawaiian's number, defeating him in the same fashion at UFC 118.
The two will go head-to-head again as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 before squaring off inside the Octagon for the third -- and likely final -- time in early 2014. This time, however, the pair will collide in the Featherweight division.
The match up came as a surprise to "The Answer" -- as well as the rest of the mixed martial arts (MMA) world -- but he recently revealed on "The MMA Hour" that he is glad Penn decided to come back and call him out.
"I respect B.J., I always have as a competitor, athlete and a fighter. Someone asked me on Twitter about B.J. and was like, ‘Yeah, I hope he does come back.' Did I expect him to call me out and come back that way? No, but it was good to see. He's one of the pioneers of this sport, especially bridging the gap between the old generation and the new generation. I'm glad I can be a part of it."
Following his loss to Rory MacDonald at UFC on Fox 5, Penn went on to take a brief break from fighting, but -- aside from wanting to become the first MMA fighter to win title in three different weight classes -- the thorn in his side (Edgar) was something the feisty Hawaiian wanted to take care of once and for all.
It's a feeling Edgar understands, though he predicts the result won't favor Penn again.
"I get it. I've been on the losing end and I wanted some redemption myself, so I understand where he's coming from. But I plan on disappointing him again. That's my job."
After going the distance in their first two fights, Edgar plans on going for the jugular and finishing the long-time MMA veteran to convince the future Hall of Famer that enough is enough.
"In conversation I said I want to finish B.J. I want to finish him. He's calling me out, the last two wins weren't convincing enough for him or for him to say, ‘Okay, I'm done, I'm done wanting to fight this guy.' I have to give him a reason to say, 'Alright, I don't want to fight this guy no more.'"
TUF 19 will debut on FOX Sports 1 in Jan. 2014 and the trilogy fight between Edgar and Penn is expected to go down about three months later.
Edgar, for one, expects much of the same when the two collide in the 145-pound action. Do you?