The first time that Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn met in the Octagon, Penn was a champion and Edgar was the underdog. That was in 2010 at UFC 112, and Edgar surprised many by emerging with the victory and the UFC lightweight title.

A little more than four months later, the pair met again at UFC 118. This time, Edgar cruised to the decision victory to prove that his first performance against Penn was no fluke.

A lot has changed since those two battles in 2010.

Edgar fought in two more pairs of title fights, first against Gray Maynard, with whom he fought to a draw and then successfully defended the belt in the rematch, and then against Benson Henderson, who snagged the belt from Edgar with a unanimous decision victory and then defended it in their rematch with a split decision nod. Edgar dropped to featherweight and mounted an unsuccessful challenge to Jose Aldo’s title reign.

Meanwhile, Penn moved back to welterweight after his losses to Edgar. “The Prodigy” knocked out Matt Hughes, fought to a draw with Jon Fitch and dropped fights to Nick Diaz and Rory MacDonald. The former champ has been inactive since his December 2012 loss to MacDonald.

On Wednesday, April 16, the road to their third meeting begins when they coach on season 19 of the UFC’s flagship reality series, The Ultimate Fighter. Come season’s end, the two will meet—this time at featherweight—in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale, which takes place on July 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

As much attention as the coaches tend to receive, the real focus of the show should be on its contestants. Season 19 will feature middleweights and light heavyweights competing for a pair of six-figure UFC contracts. Here is a preview of the 205-pounders who will vie for the eight light heavyweight spots in The Ultimate Fighter 19 house.

Corey Anderson (3-0), 24, Lincoln, Ill.

Corey Anderson is the lone undefeated fighter among the TUF 19 light heavyweight roster. In 2012, Anderson was a finalist in the heavyweight class of the NCAA Division III national wrestling championships. His pro MMA debut did not come until 2013. Anderson notched a first-round TKO victory in his debut and went on to pick up two more wins by year’s end. Among his victories, the NCAA Division III All-American has defeated Myron Dennis, who recently bested UFC veteran Paul Buentello for the Legacy FC light heavyweight belt. Twitter: @CoreyA_MMA

Kelly Anundson (6-1), 29, Deerfield Beach, Fla.

American Top Team’s Kelly Anundson was a state champion as a high school wrestler and went on to become a three-time All-American wrestler during his college career. The 29-year-old’s interest in MMA came during his college years, when Anundson, along with current UFC fighter Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, started training at a local gym. He joined ATT after meeting Jeff Monson and Ricardo Liborio at a grappling tournament. Anundson made his pro debut in 2010 and reeled off three straight wins. In his fourth pro fight, “The Patriot” was submitted by future UFC fighter Francis Carmont. It was the beginning of a two-fight skid in which Anundson also lost via submission to undefeated prospect Steven Cnudde. Anundson has bounced back with three first-round stoppage wins and has scored all but one of his victories within the first five minutes of action. The wrestler tends to win and lose on the mat, where he suffered both of his losses and picked up four submission wins.

Anton Berzin (3-1), 24, Philadelphia, Pa.

Anton Berzin is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who has found success in NAGA competition as well as in boxing and Muay Thai. The 24-year-old made his professional MMA debut in 2010 and went 1-1 through his first two fights. He returned to action in 2012 with two more victories, but he remained inactive throughout 2013. Berzin has won all of his fights via submission. He lost by way of a first-round TKO against Gemiyale Adkins, a fighter whose record now stands at 8-6. Twitter: @AntonBerzin

Josh Clark (7-2), 29, Richmond, Ky.

Kentucky’s Josh Clark started his pro career in 2009 and picked up four first-round wins, including two knockouts, a submission via strikes and a triangle choke finish. “The Hillbilly Heartthrob” then landed in Bellator, where he suffered a unanimous decision loss to veteran journeyman John Troyer. After winning his next fight, Clark suffered another unanimous decision loss, this time against Reggie Pena under the XFC banner. He has bounced back with two more first-round victories, but the most recent of those fights took place in June 2012. The AFS MMA Academy fighter has been inactive since then. Overall, he has three submission wins, two TKO victories and two knockouts, but two of his three submissions have come via strikes. He has never been finished. Twitter: @joshclarkmma

Chris Fields (10-5-1), 30, Dublin, Ireland

Middleweight Cathal Pendred is not the only Irishman and former Cage Warriors champion to grace this season’s roster. Joining Pendred is light heavyweight prospect Chris Fields. “The Killing” Fields is a teammate of Pendred and UFC fighter Conor McGregor at Straight Blast Gym (SBG) Ireland. Despite his middleweight title reign, Fields found limited success under the Cage Warriors banner, where he went 3-2-1 with losses to John Phillips and TUF alum Jesse Taylor and fought to a draw with Norman Paraisy. His fight with Paraisy, which took place in June 2013, is the most recent appearance for the 30-year-old, who launched his pro career in 2008 and went 2-3 through his first five fights. Fields sustained a winning streak through seven fights between 2010 and 2012 and won his first two bouts in the Cage Warriors promotion. He started training in kickboxing at an early age and has been training in grappling since 2005. His wins have all come by way of stoppage, with six victories by some form of knockout and four via submission. Meanwhile, Fields seems most vulnerable on the mat, where he has suffered three submission defeats. Among his wins, Fields has bested veterans Pavel Kusch, Jack Mason and Mario Stapel. Twitter: @chrisfieldsmma

Jake Heun (5-3), 26, Coconut Creek, Fla.

This will be Jake Heun’s second run in The Ultimate Fighter. The 26-year-old was a member of the cast for season 17 of the reality series, but he failed to make it past Adam Cella in the qualifying round. That season, Heun, who has stepped up to fight at heavyweight, competed as a middleweight. This season, he hopes to succeed as a 205-pounder. “The Honey Bear” spent the early part of his career at Jeremy Horn’s camp in Utah, but he has since moved to Florida to train with American Top Team. Heun is a striker first, with three TKO wins, but he has worked to develop his takedown defense while working with former Olympic wrestler Steve Mocco and UFC heavyweights Shawn Jordan and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Heun’s pro debut came in 2011 and marks the only time he finished a fight with a submission hold. He went 2-2 through his first four fights, then put together a streak of three wins. His most recent outing, which came at heavyweight, ended in a submission loss to Dayman Lake, who now holds a 4-3 career mark. Heun has suffered all of his defeats by way of submission. Twitter: @JakeHeun

Tyler King (7-2), 33, North Attleboro, Mass.

Massachusetts native Tyler King is another heavyweight hoping for a path to the UFC as a light heavyweight. The former NFL defensive lineman spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars. His pro MMA career started in 2011. He won his first three fights before tasting defeat against veteran journeyman Randy Smith. The 33-year-old rebounded with four wins and claimed the NEF heavyweight championship. His most recent fight against Eric Bedard, whom he had defeated two years earlier, ended in a knockout loss. That rematch took place in February 2014. King has three submission wins and three victories by some form of knockout. The Connors MMA product is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Twitter: @tking52

Todd Monaghan (8-3), 31, Clinton, Iowa

Todd Monaghan is not your typical preacher. After all, how many preachers out there serve their salvation up with a fist to the face? The 31-year-old Midwesterner has been fighting professionally since 2006. He was inactive for two years, from 2009 to 2011, and has only fought once per year since then. He has never seen the scorecards. Monaghan has four wins via some form of knockout and three victories by way of submission. After going 1-2 through his first three fights, Monaghan has gone 7-1 through his last eight contests. His two most recent losses came against UFC veteran Razak Al-Hassan and WSOF fighter Derrick Mehmen. Monaghan is on a four-fight winning streak. Twitter: @MMAPreacher

Cody Mumma (5-1), 30, Henderson, Colo.

Grudge Training Center’s Cody Mumma heads into the reality competition on a five-fight winning streak. The 30-year-old lost his pro debut in 2012 via TKO against Jeremy Osheim, who still stands undefeated at 4-0. Mumma responded with five stoppage wins, including four in the first round. He has three victories by way of submission and two via some form of knockout. As a wrestler, Mumma placed second at the state level in high school and was a national qualifier while in college.

John Poppie (3-1), 24, Ettrick, Wis.

John Poppie hails from Wisconsin and has been fighting professionally since 2012. He has a background in college wrestling and has used those skills to put opponents in bad positions where he can finish them off with a rear-naked choke. That has been his go-to submission in all three of his victories. His lone defeat came in the third fight of his career when he clashed with seasoned UFC veteran Eric “Red” Schafer. Schafer was able to end Poppie’s night via a second-round TKO.

Doug Sparks (7-2), 31, Bloomington, Ind.

Doug Sparks has the interesting nickname of “Ants in the Pants” and trains with Team Hoedown. The 31-year-old found success as an amateur from 2006 through 2008, but he made his pro debut in 2007 in a losing effort against current UFC fighter Anthony Lapsley, who defeated Sparks via TKO. Sparks reemerged at the pro level in 2009 and picked up seven straight stoppage wins by May 2012. His most recent outing took place in August 2012 and ended in a unanimous decision loss against prospect Shaun Asher. Sparks is a wrestler who has notched five submission wins and two victories via TKO. As an amateur, he also tended to hunt for submissions.

Daniel Spohn (8-3), 29, Columbus, Ohio

Ohio’s Daniel Spohn is a third-degree black belt in Kachido Aikijitsu. The former NAAFS light heavyweight champion trains out of Cambridge Martial Arts. He made his pro debut in 2009 and won his first six fights. Among those victories, he submitted TUF castmate Josh Stansbury and scored a TKO of UFC veteran Josh Hendricks. In 2011, Spohn joined Bellator for a four-fight stint with the promotion. He didn’t find much success, though. He scored a nine-second knockout win—the last victory in his six-fight streak—in his Bellator debut. His next three fights ended in disappointment. He suffered two split decision losses, including one to future Bellator titleholder Attila Vegh, and succumbed to a submission in a rematch against Stansbury. Since departing from Bellator, Spohn has returned to his winning ways with two submission victories. Twitter: @dragonspohn

Joshua Stansbury (5-2), 29, East Liverpool, Ohio

The Ohio rivalry between Joshua Stansbury and Daniel Spohn could potentially continue on The Ultimate Fighter. The castmates met in Stansbury’s second pro fight, which came less than six months after his pro debut in 2009. Spohn defeated Stansbury to leave “The Sandman” with an 0-2 start to his pro career. Stansbury has not lost since, and he even took the victory in a rematch with Spohn under the Bellator banner. The 29-year-old has been a NAAFS mainstay outside of his lone Bellator appearance (and that appearance was actually a NAAFS light heavyweight title showdown in a coordinated effort between the two promotions). The Team Impact fighter has also tried his hand at pro boxing, where he holds an undefeated mark through two contests with two knockout wins. As an amateur mixed martial artists, Stansbury suffered a TKO loss to rising UFC heavyweight Stipe Miocic. Stansbury prefers to look for the guillotine choke, which has accounted for three of his pro wins. Twitter: @SandmanStans

Matt Van Buren (6-2), 27, Chula Vista, Calif.

Alliance MMA’s Matt Van Buren launched his pro MMA career in 2010 and won his first five fights, including two inside the Bellator cage. “Gutter” lost his next two Bellator outings, including one via a 15-second knockout. The 27-year-old has righted the ship with a decision victory in his most recent bout. Unlike the vast majority of fighters in the TUF 19 cast, Van Buren has earned the half of his wins in fights that have gone the distance. He has three decision victories and only two wins by some form of knockout and one via submission. Twitter: @GutterMMA

Daniel Vizcaya (7-2), 28, Aurora, Ill.

Daniel Vizcaya has been fighting professionally since 2010. “The Bulldog” won his first three fights, including two under the M-1 Global banner. In his next two fights, he fell victim to submissions at the hands of middling fighter Byron Byrd and prospect Viktor Nemkov. The Full Mount MMA product has rebounded with four straight wins, including one victory in the Bellator cage. Vizcaya won the XFC Open Tryouts in mid-2012, but he never competed for the Florida-based organization. Both of his losses came via triangle choke, but he has also found great success on the mat with four submission wins. Vizcaya has finished two opponents via some form of knockout, and one of his submission wins was due to strikes.

Patrick Walsh (4-1), 25, Stoughton, Mass.

Patrick “The Beast of the East” Walsh made his pro debut in 2012 and won his first three fights in quick fashion. He suffered an 18-second submission loss in his fourth pro outing against Keith Berish, a fighter who now stands undefeated through five fights. Walsh rebounded with a win in the only fight of his pro career that has gone the distance. The Wai Kru MMA fighter has two TKO victories and one submission win. He has taken top honors as a blue belt at the IBJJF Worlds. Walsh has a background in wrestling. Twitter: @PatWalshMMA

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