The Ultimate Fighter season 19 debuts this week with a new cast of middleweights and light heavyweights all vying for a chance to compete in the season finale in July while also kickstarting their own UFC career by appearing on the reality show.
BJ Penn — one of the most legendary fighters to ever grace the Octagon — returns to coach The Ultimate Fighter for the first time since season 5 when he was paired opposite old rival Jens Pulver. This time Penn gets the chance to avenge two losses to former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, who finally gets the opportunity to coach on TUF after several years in the UFC.
The action starts on Wednesday night at 10p ET when The Ultimate Fighter season 19 debuts just moments after the TUF Nations live finale airs with a two-hour special featuring all of the fights between the 32 competitors trying to get into the house.
During his one stint as Ultimate Fighter coach all the way back in season 5, BJ Penn had one of the most memorable turns leading a team in the history of the show.