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BJ Penn Feels TUF Can Provide A Late-Career “Rebirth” For Him

BJ Penn seemed ready to retire following a loss to Rory MacDonald.

But, the drive remained for “The Prodigy” and he will express that while coaching on The Ultimate Fighter 19 vs. Frankie Edgar in 2014. The two are set to square off for a third time, with this fight coming at featherweight.

“I do feel kind of like a little bit of a rebirth-type feeling, getting another opportunity like this to be on The Ultimate Fighter,” said Penn, during an interview with recently. “It kind of reminds me of the position that I was put in with (Jens) Pulver a few years ago.”

Penn hasn’t won a fight since a 2010 knockout over Matt Hughes, going 0-2-1 in his last three. The win over Hughes also came on the heels of back-to-back decision defeats vs. Edgar.

Coaching again on TUF, the former UFC champion sees it as a “major opportunity for myself and this is an opportunity that I shouldn’t let sit by. I’m real excited.”