With two wins over BJ Penn to his credit, Frankie Edgar understands he is in a must-win situation in 2014 when the two square off again.
Edgar and Penn will be coaches on the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter, which is set to air in the early stages of next year.
After winning the UFC lightweight title from Penn, “The Answer” earned a victory in the immediate rematch. Since that time, though, Edgar has lost the belt and dropped to featherweight – where the Penn fight takes place.
“I think I have his number,” said Edgar, during an interview on UFC Tonight recently. “Every fight is different, so this is a new challenge.
“I want to show my improvement over the last three years. You always have something to lose. It’s a fight, it’s win or lose. I have two wins over him, but a loss would be detrimental for me.”
Penn is returning from an extended layoff, and most felt he was positioning himself for retirement. Edgar would like nothing more than to make that decision official.
“I know he’s close to retirement,” he said, “but maybe another loss will decide it for him.”