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By: Chris Taylor



I recently sat down with former Strikeforce title challenger and UFC veteran Phil Baroni to discuss a number of topics, one of which being who he thought would emerge victorious in the trilogy bout between former champs Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn this July.

Here is what the “New York Bad Ass” had to say about ‘Penn vs. Edgar 3’:

“BJ has always been the best. A motivated BJ Penn who has something to prove is a problem. I mean BJ isn’t doing this for anybody else this time. He’s doing it for himself. He’s not trying to prove he’s better than Frankie to anyone. He has nothing to prove. He beat Matt Hughes when Matt was unstoppable. Not just beat him, smashed him. He went up to heavyweight and fought Machida to a draw. He’s a super talent, a phenom, the prodigy. And a BJ Penn who wants to prove something to himself and nobody else but himself is an absolute nightmare. But, that said, Frankie is a winner and his nickname is ‘the answer.’ Does he have the answer to BJ’s game? We will have to find out. But, BJ has been in there with him and doesn’t think so and will be looking to prove it. He’s my buddy, but honestly I don’t think Frankie will have the answer this time. BJ by rear-naked choke inside 4 rounds.”

BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar will square off for a third time in the main event of “The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale,” which takes place Sunday July 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

To read my entire interview with Phil Baroni, click on this link

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