Granting a rare interview to his own outlet, former UFC champion B.J. Penn opened up a bit on how he went from 'doing yard work' one week to now starring opposite Frankie Edgar on next season's The Ultimate Fighter. In addition to the coaching stint, the pair will meet for a third time, but at 145 pounds. With Edgar now a full-time featherweight, Penn was forced to take the plunge himself if he ever wanted another shot at him. Even so, Penn says he'd rather finish their trilogy at lightweight, where it began.
You know, I really do wish this fight was at 155 lbs. Nothing to do with the weight, it's just I really feel that Frankie hasn't lost yet. He's right up there, and I feel everybody says I'm supposed to be the greatest at lightweight. Frankie beat me twice. Frankie never really lost yet. Pettis is the new champ, you got all these new guys coming. Well if Frankie and me are the old guys, maybe who walks out of that ring will be one of the best lightweights of all time. We're going to find out.
Should Penn have success against Edgar, he's already sorting out the complications of fighting his mentor's other prized pupil, Jose Aldo.
I know it's really weird for a lot of people in America to understand this, but I've always been a loyal guy to my Jiu-Jitsu King. Ever since Jose Aldo has hit the scene and just went on an absolute tear has busted everybody up, I never had any intentions of fighting Jose Aldo. At this point, if I fight Jose Aldo who am I fighting? I'm fighting Andre Pederneiras. I'm fighting the man who gave me my black belt. It's just not a comfortable feeling for me. Me and Andre Pederneiras will have to sit down and talk. Jose Aldo is going to have to sit down and talk. I know Jose Aldo was just about to fight Anthony Pettis. Now, is Jose Aldo going to go up to 155 and fight Anthony Pettis or is he going to stay at 145 and defend his belt? I think with some of the decisions Aldo will make, will help me make some of my decisions myself.
In addition to training with Pederneiras leading up to his 2014 summer bout, Penn plans on keeping him heavily involved as a coach on TUF.
Andre Pederneiras is the first guy on the list. We want to have a lot of special guests. We're working night and day. Me and my five buddies, my coaches/training partners... we're trying to put together a good team that makes a lot of sense that really gives these guys what they need based off their careers.
With Andre Pederneiras coming in, I almost feel like my job is easy now that I've got Andre because he's the mastermind. He's the sensei. He's the man who made me the first foreigner to ever win in Brazil. Let's see if he can be the man to make me be the first person to finish Frankie Edgar. We're going to find out.