Toms River’s Frankie Edgar To Coach Next Season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’
The Jersey Shore is going back to reality television, but this time it’s going to be a little different.
Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter and Toms River native Frankie “The Answer” Edgar has been named as one of two competing coaches on the upcoming season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ show.
During the series, Edgar will coach and mentor a team of up and coming young fighters against a team coached by longtime rival BJ Penn. The competition will culminate with a 145-pound fight between Edgar and Penn in the UFC’s featherweight division which is tentatively scheduled for April of 2014.
There is no love lost between these two coaches; the April fight will be their third meeting in the octagon. In April of 2010, Edgar stripped Penn of the UFC Lightweight Championship in a unanimous decision victory at UFC 112. He would successfully defend the title against Penn in August of that year at UFC 118.
After nearly two years as champion, Edgar dropped the belt to former 155-pound champ Benson Henderson and lost a rematch before deciding to try his hand in the UFC’s 145-pound division. He would go on to lose a closely contested bout for the lightweight championship to current belt-holder José Aldo, but kept his name in the conversation with a decisive victory over Charles Oliveira at UFC 162 in July of this year. Edgar is currently ranked as the number two featherweight in the world.
UFC President announced the Edgar vs. Penn news on Fox Sports 1 on Wednesday. See the video below: