The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 Finale was recently announced for Mandalay Bay Events Center on Sun., July 6, 2014, which takes place less than 24 hours after Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ties a ribbon around its UFC 175 pay-per-view (PPV) event inside the same venue in Las Vegas, Nevada (details).
Which also happens to be the same weekend of the UFC Fan Expo.
If you were ever contemplating a trip to "Sin City," then Fourth of July Weekend would probably be as good a time as any, in light of this week's announcement that Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn will hook 'em up for a third time -- now as featherweights -- in TUF 19 five-round main event on FOX Sports 1.
"The Prodigy," who went on hiatus in late 2012, was sniffing around for a comeback fight against recently dethroned champion Ben Henderson, telling UFC President Dana White that he wanted to beat "Bendo" and earn another crack at "The Answer."
His timing, apparently, could not have been more ideal. He was awarded with TUF 19 coaching gig, a match against Edgar and a new contract, which indicates that the Hawaiian, 35, does not appear to be one and done, even though he has just one victory in his past six appearances.
Penn's fall from grace actually began with Edgar, who beat him in back-to-back bouts to claim, and then retain, the lightweight title at UFC 112 and UFC 118 back in 2010. Penn rebounded with a welterweight win over Matt Hughes at UFC 123, only to get worked over in his next three bouts against Jon Fitch (draw), Nick Diaz (decision) and Rory MacDonald (decision).
Edgar, meanwhile, experience a similar situation against Henderson, dropping consecutive world title fights before cutting 10 pounds to challenge featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 156 in 2013. The New Jersey native would come up short once again before snapping the uncharacteristic skid with a dominant decision win over Charles Oliveira at UFC 162 last July.
This will mark the second TUF coaching position for Penn, who returned to the organization as a coach opposite Jens Pulver back in 2007, and the first for Edgar.
That said, who wins their third (and hopefully final) fracas?