By: Chris Taylor
The UFC’s ‘Fight Week,’ which is set for 4th of July weekend in Las Vegas, just had its first official bout announced.
Former UFC champions BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar, who are opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter Season 19, will square off for a third time in the headlining slot of the “TUF 19 Finale” event.
‘The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale” goes down July 6, live from The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar first squared off at UFC 112 in 2010. “The Answer” was able to earn a controversial decision victory over Penn that night in Abu Dhabi, thus winning the UFC lightweight title.
Their initial meeting was so close that UFC officials decided to make an immediate rematch later that year at UFC 118 in Boston. In their second meeting, Edgar was clearly the faster fighter, which allowed him to dictate the pace on route to a dominant decision win.
Since their last meeting, Edgar has gone 2-3-1 inside the UFC’s Octagon. He lost his title to Benson Henderson in 2012 and then went down a weight class to fight Jose Aldo for the featherweight strap, to whom he also lost. Most recently, Frankie was able to notch his first win at featherweight, with a win over Charles Oliveira at UFC 162.
Meanwhile, BJ Penn has struggled to find success as of late, going 1-2-1 since the last time he faced off with Edgar. After his second loss to Edgar, “The Prodigy” moved back up to welterweight, where he promptly disposed of rival Matt Hughes with a highlight reel KO. The victory over Hughes was followed by a draw against Jon Fitch at UFC 127 in Australia. Most recently, BJ has dropped back-to-back decisions to top welterweights Nick Diaz and Rory MacDonald.
The Penn vs. Edgar III bout was officially announced this evening on UFC Tonight. A weight-class was not announced, however, the fight is expected to take place in the UFC’s featherweight division.
Be sure to come catch this awesome UFC event live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations this July long weekend. Reservations for parties of 8 or more are recommended and can be made online.
By: Chris Taylor
UFC featherweight champion and long-time division ruler, Jose Aldo, appears to be lightweight-bound, this after defeating Ricardo Lamas 49-46 on each of the judges scorecards at UFC 169 in Newark, N.J. yesterday evening.
“Scarface” stated his desire to fight the UFC’s lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, at last night’s post-fight press conference:
“It’s not about me, it’s about Dana [White] and Lorenzo [Fertitta],” Aldo said. “I’ve always been ready, I want that fight. Everybody wants that fight. If the fight was tonight, I’d fight him. So it’s up to UFC and Dana.”
UFC President Dana White then weighed-in on the topic, giving his stamp of approval for the potential “Super fight” between “Scarface” and “Showtime.”
“Yeah, I mean, I’ve been talking about that fight. I like that fight, I like Jose at 155,” White stated. “I think the weight cut’s much easier for him, but again, I’m going to throw it back at him. He’s the king at 145. If he wants to move to 155 it’s a huge fight with Anthony Pettis. Yeah, it doesn’t suck.”
Aldo then committed to the “Super fight” by saying:
“It’s not only about me, I want the fight, the fans want the fight. So why not?” he said. “We’re ready to fight, so let’s get this fight.”
Which led to the following response from the UFC President:
“Sounds like we got a fight. There you go,” White responded. “That was easy. Got that deal done. One more thing I don’t have to do on Monday.”
It was following Aldo’s decision victory over former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar at UFC 156, that UFC president Dana White would receive a text message from 155er Anthony Pettis, who requested a drop down in weight-class in order to face “Scarface.”
UFC officials would then set-up the highly touted fight between Aldo and Pettis for last summers UFC 163 event in Brazil. However, Pettis suffered a knee injury, that would ultimately doom the fight and Aldo would instead battle the “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung, whom he defeated by way of TKO in front of his fellow countrymen.
Anthony Pettis would return from injury to face then lightweight champion, Benson Henderson, at the UFC 164 event in “Showtime’s” hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Pettis would once again defeat “Smooth,” this time by first-round submission, thus capturing the UFC’s lightweight strap.
Now, Aldo would be vying for Pettis’ belt. Pettis, once again, called White (from Kalapaki Joe’s Waimea) during the press conference and told him he wanted the Aldo fight. When asked how it would ultimately work, as to whether or not Aldo would have to vacate the featherweight title, White stated the following:
“I can answer that question: The answer is yes,” White said. “[Aldo] would vacate the title, move up to 155, fight for the title. If he didn’t win the title at 155 he could go back and challenge for the 145-pound title again if he wanted to do that. Or, if he wins the 155-pound title, then two other guys would fight for the 145-pound title.”
What do you think of the news? I would personally think this is a fight everyone will be happy to see finally come to fruition (Aldo vs. Pettis). If everything does fall in place, who would you like to see vie for the vacant featherweight strap?
By: Chris Taylor
Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion, B.J. Penn, has gone back to his roots to train with the killers at Team Nova Uniao in Brazil.
The featured photo of this article showcases (from left to right) UFC bantamweight champion, Renan Barao, former two-division UFC champion BJ Penn, former multiple-time and multiple-division WBO boxing champion, ‘Popo’ Freitas, and UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo.
Those are 4 scary individuals ladies and gentlemen.
“The Prodigy” will make his return to the UFC this summer when he once again squares off with former UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, this time in a featherweight bout.
Stay tuned to Kalapaki Joe’s for further updates as they become available.
By: Chris Taylor
Yesterday, former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion, B.J. Penn (16-9-2 MMA, 12-8-2 UFC), stopped by “UFC Tonight” to discuss his upcoming trilogy fight with Frankie Edgar (16-4-1 MMA, 10-4-1 UFC).
Even though their first two meetings took place at 155-pounds, the trilogy bout will reportedly take place in the featherweight division (145lbs). If the fight does take place at featherweight, it will mark the first time that Penn has fought in the division and the fifth different weight class he’s competed in during his illustrious career.
However, during his appearance on “UFC Tonight,” Penn revealed that he doesn’t actually know the contracted weight limit for the bout, which is expected to take place in spring 2014:
“I’m very confident I can make 145 [pounds]. I still don’t know exactly what weight this fight is going to be at. Me, Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White have had some talks back and forth. But, 145 pounds. I know I can make it any day of the week.”
“The Prodigy” doesn’t feel that the weight cut will affect his cardio, claiming that he wants the non-title fight to be five rounds, just like their first two encounters at UFC 112 and UFC 118:
“Three rounds, you know what, it ain’t gonna be the same if I end up beating Frankie in three rounds. I want the five rounds.”
As for the reason behind Penn’s return, the answer is simple:
“I want this fight. Frankie is the man right now. In my eyes, Frankie really hasn’t lost. He’s had a couple close fights at 155, he had a real close fight against Aldo at 145, I want to come and make a statement. If everyone says I am the greatest of all time; Frankie’s beat me twice, what does that make him? I want to go in and erase everything one time, one time. I know Frankie’s going to be ready. Let’s do this.”
There is no lack of motivation for this fight, as Penn explained:
“From a competitive standpoint, he’s the one thing standing in the way of people saying B.J. Penn is the greatest Lightweight ever. Without a doubt Frankie Edgar is standing in the way.”
The two former UFC lightweight champions, Edgar and Penn, will collide for a third time following “The Ultimate Fighter Season 19,” with “The Prodigy” and “The Answer” serving as coaches on the FOX Sports 1-produced mixed martial arts television series.
Penn and Edgar first met back in 2010 at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, where Edgar was able to pull-off a very close decision victory over “The Prodigy,” earning the UFC’s lightweight strap in the process. The fight was so close that the UFC decided to have an immediate rematch, which took place at UFC 118 event in Boston.
In the rematch, Frankie proved that he did indeed have “The Answer” to Penn’s arsenal, as he went on to win a decisive decision victory over the Hilo, Hawaii native.
How do you see the trilogy bout playing out?