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Penn A Major Underdog Heading In To Final Rematch With Edgar At TUF Finale

Posted by Jack “The Hammer” Howard on 7/2/2014 10:42:04 PM

Former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight champion BJ Penn is coming off consecutive losses for the first time since dropping back-to-back decisions to Frankie Edgar at UFC 112 ad UFC 118. The 35-year old is approaching the end of the line, and it only made sense that he looked to finish what he started by taking on a job as a coach opposite Edgar in the 19th edition of The Ultimate Fighter. Penn will get a third and final rematch versus Edgar, and a chance to get back on track in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter Finale this Sunday. Another loss could mean the end of the line.

The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale

Frankie Edgar (16-4-1) vs. BJ Penn (16-9-2)

Sunday July 6, 2014

Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

UFC Betting Odds: Edgar - 950

There have been rumors about UFC President Dana White pushing Penn out the door if he were to lose a third-straight fight, and all three of his bouts versus Edgar. That is a very realistic possibility according to the odds makers, which have Edgar as a massive -950 favorite heading in to this weekend.

UFC Betting Preview: Frankie Edgar

Edgar went through his own losing skid, with consecutive losses to Benson Henderson with the UFC Lightweight title on the line, followed by another to Jose Aldo with the UFC Featherweight championship up for grabs. That said, Henderson and Aldo are both world-class fighters that were at the top of their games when they met, and all three of those bouts went to a decision. Edgar has since bounced back with a decision over Charles Oliveira in a tilt that was awarded Fight of the Night honors at UFC 162, and now has an excellent opportunity to put together a win streak of his own after obliging Penn’s request for this rematch based on his opponent’s competitive nature and desire to throw down one more time.

UFC Betting Preview: BJ Penn

Penn is once again a substantial underdog at +550 odds to win, as he returns from retirement for one last shot at his biggest rival. Penn’s history allowed him to come out of his semi-retirement to take this fight, but conventional wisdom offers that he isn’t ready to beat Edgar. Penn hasn’t won a fight since 2010, when he knocked out Matt Hughes, with his winless streak at three when you factor in his majority draw with Jon Fitch back in 2011. Penn will lay it all on the line for one last shot at glory, and while nobody can question his competitive nature, his body isn’t where it would need to be to win this fight.

UFC Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Originally listed around – 450 to win, Edgar’s odds have ballooned to a ridiculous level heading in to this fight, and you can bet the boatloads of money on him is a major reason for it. MMA fans have realized that Penn is at the end of the line, and while anything can happen in any fight, Edgar should be able to take care of business in this main event.

UFC Betting Pick: Frankie Edgar - 950

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