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Frankie Edgar On Fighting BJ Penn A Third Time: Loss Would Be Detrimental

Frankie Edgar On Fighting BJ Penn A Third Time: Loss Would Be Detrimental

Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar didn’t take a future encounter with BJ Penn because he thinks it will be a walk in the park.

Edgar and Penn, who twice fought for the UFC lightweight title, will be the coaches on the upcoming 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter.

For Edgar, though, the pressure will be on to finish off Penn, as he bested him in the two previous meetings.

“You always have something to lose,” said Edgar, who will face Penn at featherweight, during an interview on UFC Tonight last week. “It’s a fight. It’s win or lose.

“I have two wins over him, but a loss would be detrimental for me. I’m willing to take that risk.”

Edgar claimed both fights via decision, but has since dropped the belt and fallen to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. He did get back on track with a win over Charles Oliveira earlier this year.

As for Penn, Edgar stated “I think I have his number. Every fight is different, so this is a new challenge. I want to show my improvement over the last three years.”

Most believed Penn was headed for a permanent retirement after previously stating plans to do so. Now, Edgar thinks he can be the one to speed up that process.

“I know he’s close,” Edgar said, “maybe another loss will decide it for him.”

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