LAS VEGAS — After 18 months since his last fight, BJ Penn (16-9-2) returns to the octagon for what could be his final fight. The Hilo native matches up against Frankie Edgar (16-4-1) on Sunday.
“I think I am very hungry for this fight,” Penn said to KHON2. “I asked for this fight…I’m just real excited,” he continued.
When Edgar and Penn first fought in UFC 112, Edgar took the lightweight title from Penn in a unanimous decision. The two faced off again soon after for a rematch, where Edgar won again with a more dominating performance than his first fight against Penn.
Penn is an underdog in the fight on Sunday with Edgar a 10-1 favorite.
“You know, that’s exactly what they say is that I’m a ten to one underdog. I love it,” said Penn. “I love being the underdog. It’s good motivation for me. Everything. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
While the fight on Sunday will be the featherweight debut for Penn, it will be Edgar’s third outing in that division. Penn expresses that the third match up against Edgar could be the last time he steps into the octagon.
“I just want to leave everything out there in the cage and if it’s the last picture anyone ever sees of me in that octagon, I want it to be a good one. Win, lose, or draw, said Penn.”
Watch the trilogy fight on Sunday 3 p.m. HST on Fox Sports One.