Third time's the charm?
B.J. Penn has already suffered two unanimous decision losses to former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, but "The Prodigy" seems to think their trilogy bout will be different.
Speaking to RVCA, Penn says the sole reason he decided to come out of retirement was to challenge and finally beat "The Answer." Something the proud Hawaiian is confident he can do rather convincingly.
This time, however, the fight will go down in the Featherweight division.
"I came out of retirement because I wanted to fight Frankie Edgar again. I believe I can do better than what I showed fighting with him the second time. When I got the opportunity it was just a no-brainer. You know what, why not? Why not go and get one more crack at Frankie and see if I can, I think I will beat Frankie convincingly and we'll be right back at the top in the mix with everybody else."
Before the two former champions duke it out inside the Octagon for the third and likely final time, they'll serve as opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19.
Often regarded as the greatest 155-pound fighter of all time, Penn hasn't had much luck in his last six bouts, going just 1-4-1 since 2010.
Can he turn it around against a man who's proven to have his number one two separate occasions? Or will Edgar close the book on Penn's illustrious mixed martial arts (MMA) career for good?