Former UFC champions BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar will fight for a third time later this year, but before they do, you can catch them as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 19.
The official cast for the upcoming season was announced by the UFC recently, with a start date of Wednesday, April 10 set for the show on FOX Sports 1. A two-hour episode will kick-start things featuring middleweights and light heavyweights.
Penn and Edgar, who met twice before with the UFC lightweight title on the line, will fight at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 6 at featherweight. That card is part of International Fight Week and features events both Saturday and Sunday.
“BJ is one of the legends in the sport,” UFC president Dana White said. “He basically built the 155-pound division in the sport and had championship belts at 155 and 170. I can’t wait to see this third fight.”
Penn, who has fought everywhere from heavyweight down to his current 145-pound weight, is 16-9-2 in his career. Edgar sports a 16-4-1 overall mark.
“Frankie Edgar is a guy who many believed should have fought at 145 pounds but fought at 155 and beat everybody including BJ Penn – twice,” UFC president Dana White said. “This kid went from being a one-dimensional wrestler to having some of the best hands, knockouts and toe-to-toe wars.”
The complete listing of fighters features just 31 names, meaning there could be an issue regarding who was No. 32. Both weight divisions will feature 16-man tournaments to crown the next Ultimate Fighter.
Several names stick out among those announced, including Irish fighter Cathal Pendred, who is 13-2 with six knockouts in his career. The 26-year-old has won four straight and is unbeaten in his last eight overall, including a recent TKO over former UFC fighter Che Mills.
Lyman Good, the inaugural Bellator welterweight champion, will be on the show. Good is 15-3 with seven knockouts in his career, and was also a Bellator tournament runner-up.
Another veteran of Bellator, Nordine Taleb, will bring an 8-2 record to the reality series. He went 2-1 with Bellator in 2012 before competing on The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia, where he lost to Tyler Manawaroa.
Dhiego Lima, who trains out of Atlanta with American Top Team, is 9-2 with four submission and three knockouts to his credit. He has won three straight since a loss to Bellator season 10 semifinalist Nathan Coy in 2012.
Below is the complete list of fighters set to compete on the show, including their pro records:
Corey Anderson (3-0); Kelly Anundson (6-1); Anton Berzin (3-1); Josh Clark (7-2); Chris Fields (8-4); Matthew Gabel (8-3); Lyman Good (15-3); Eddie Gordon (6-1); Jacob Heun (6-3); Mike King (5-0); Tyler King (7-1); Dhiego Lima (8-1); Adrian Miles (14-5); Tyler Minton (5-1); Todd Monaghan (8-2); Cody Mumma (5-1).
Cathal Pendred (13-2); John Poppie (3-1); Doug Sparks (7-2); Daniel Spohn (8-3); Joshua Stansbury (4-2); Ian Stephens (4-0); Adam Stroup (5-1); Nordine Taleb (8-2); Hector Urbina (16-8); Matt Van Buren (6-2); Bojan Velickovic (8-2); Daniel Vizcaya (7-2); Patrick Walsh (4-1); Tim Williams (8-1); Roger Zapata (5-1).
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