Frankie Edgar Discusses TUF Coaching, The Third BJ Penn Fight, More
Posted by Larry Csonka on 04.01.2014
Frankie Edgar speaks…
- Frankie Edgar (16-4-1 MMA, 10-4-1 UFC) recently spoke about his decision to coach the Ultimate Fighter and that leading to a third fight with B.J. Penn (16-9-2 MMA, 12-8-2 UFC). Here are the highlights…
On TUF and Getting The Third Fight With Penn: "The whole package made me interested," Edgar told USA TODAY Sports. "If you look at past coaches, they are big names in the UFC, so I think it was the best next step for me. In order to do that, I had to fight B.J. again."
On BJ Penn: "He's a competitor," Edgar said. "People that are competitive, they always have a reason why they lost. They always think they can win. I get it – but I'm a competitor, too, so I'm ready to close the door on this trilogy and make it 3-0. He's still got an aura about him," Edgar said. "He's a legend and probably one of the best lightweights that has ever fought in MMA. A win over him, if I can make it convincing, does a lot to help me in the title picture."
On a Win Over Penn Getting Him a Title Shot: "I'm not fighting until July, and we'll see what happens from there," Edgar said of the potential for a title shot. "The fight game is funny. It's not always who deserves the shot, it's who's in the best position for it."