Frankie Edgar was the UFC lightweight champion for a few years. Since dropping the belt in early 2012, Edgar has been attempting to regain gold and hopes The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) helps his odds.
The next season of the show features Edgar and B.J. Penn as opposing coaches.
“It’s not always about who is most deserving,” said Edgar on The MMA Hour. “It’s about who is the most popular and can sell the most pay-per-views. This show can only help that.”
The two have history as Edgar captured the lightweight title from Penn and won the subsequent rematch. He cut to featherweight earlier in the year and is 1-1 in the new weight class.
Penn will try to be the first UFC fighter to win in three separate weight classes. Fans last saw him take a defeat from Rory MacDonald in December.
The two will meet in 2014.