Not long after they finish up their duties as head coaches on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champions turned featherweight contenders, Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn, will hook 'em up for a third time inside the Octagon.
Where and when?
The main event of TUF 19 Finale, the second of two mixed martial arts (MMA) shows scheduled for Fourth of July Weekend in Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada (more on that here), with their 145-pound headliner airing on FOX Sports 1.
And "The Answer" tells Submission Radio he's looking for the finish.
"My motivation is, I just want to get back to the title. You know, in order to do that I'm gonna have to win every fight in front of me. And just the fact that I don't wanna lose the third time out. I won twice (against B.J.), for sure I don't wanna lose the third time out. A guy like B.J. is especially hard [to finish]. I think he's maybe been stopped once. You know, and that was really in-between a round, not even during a round. It's definitely gonna be a big mountain to climb, but that is my goal. I'll try to give him a reason to quit, and maybe he'll kind of do it for me."
Easier said than done.
Edgar (16-4-1) stunned the MMA world by dethroning Penn at the UFC 112 event in early 2010. His unanimous decision victory over the flustered Hawaiian was close enough to earn "The Prodigy" an immediate rematch at UFC 118 later that year in Boston.
The result didn't change.
Perhaps now Penn (16-9-2) is hoping a third time is the charm and will make his 145-pound debut on July 6, 2014 in "Sin City," but this writer wonders aloud what kind of future the fading legend has post-Edgar. Unless, of course, he turns the tables and does a little finishing of his own.