BOSTON – “UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2” takes place this evening at TD Garden in Boston, Mass. Headlining the event is a lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar (12-1), who will be defending his title in an immediate rematch against the legendary B.J. Penn (15-6-1), who lost his title to Edgar via unanimous decision in Abu Dhabi at UFC 112 in back in April. Has Penn passed the torch for good? Is he past his prime? Or is “The Prodigy” still the 155 lb. king of the world?
The fight getting all the attention on this card is the co-main event. For the very first time in history, a high level elite boxer is entering the Octagon. James “Lights Out” Toney (0-0 MMA, 72-6-3, 2 NC Boxing), without a single MMA bout under his belt, will step in the cage with one of the icons of the mixed martial arts game, UFC Hall of Famer Randy “The Natural” Couture (18-10).
In the early days of the UFC it was largely determined that a striker of any kind, without some type of grappling in his arsenal, would not stand a chance in a mixed martial arts fight. However, a fight is a fight, and it all comes down to style vs. style and who can implement their game plan when its fight time. This is a historic night not only for the UFC, but for the sport of MMA and for boxing too.
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“UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2″ will air live on Pay-Per-View beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Two preliminary card bouts will air live and free on Spike TV starting one hour prior to the Pay-Per-View broadcast.
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UFC 118 quick results:
- Frankie Edgar def. B.J. Penn by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
- Randy Couture def. James Toney by complete mutilation a.k.a. submission (arm triangle) Rd 1 (3:19)
- Demian Maia def. Mario Miranda by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Gray Maynard def. Kenny Florian by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Nate Diaz def. Marcus Davis by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 3 (4:02)
- Joe Lauzon def. Gabe Ruediger by submission (armbar) Rd 1 (2:01)
- Nik Lentz def. Andre Winner by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
- Dan Miller def. John Salter by submission (anaconda choke) Rd 2 (1:53)
- Greg Soto def. Nick Osipczak by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Mike Pierce def. Amilcar Alves by submission (cross-body armbar) Rd 3 (3:11)
UFC 118 play-by-play:
John Salter vs. Dan Miller
Round 1 – They exchange punches. Miller fires off a combo. Miller with a right. Miller lands a nice right on the chin. Miller lands and Salter connects too. Push kick from Miller. Salter not afraid to stand with Miller, gets hit with a right. Leg kick by Miller, Salter catches it and puts him on his back. Salter inside Miller’s full guard, he postures up lands a little right. Salter stands and dives in but nothing lands and Miller regains full guard. Miller kicks Salter off and gets to his feet. They exchange shots. Salter keeps throwing a straight left. That time threw an overhand right that may have nicked Miller. Left hand scores for Salter, then lands a knee. Salter shoots. Miller attempts a guillotine but Salter is free. Salter is bleeding over his eye. Salter is cut right on his eyelid in a bad spot.
Round 2 – Mr. Ed Clay there in Salter’s corner. Nice left by Salter then a right that knocks Miller off balance a little. Leg kick exchanges. Miller with a couple punches. Miller throws a combo, Salter avoids, then shoots. Miller locks on an anaconda choke and it’s all over.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Dan Miller def. John Salter by submission (anaconda choke) Rd 2 (1:53)
Andre Winner vs. Nik Lentz
Round 1 – Here we go. Winner moving forward. Lentz lands a leg kick then shoots, grabs a leg, eats a few little uppercuts. He pushes Winner into the fence. It’s a clinch game now. Lentz gets him down but Winner bounces right up. Lentz never lets go though and drags him back down. Winner gets to his knees and back up, still in the clinch against the cage. Lentz still working hard for the takedown, has a single leg. Forced to let the leg go. They square up. Lentz feints and shoots. Pushes Winner into the cage, clinched, grabs a single leg but Winner won’t go down. Knee to the body from Winner. Lentz continues to go for the takedown. Thai clinch from Winner, lands some knees and an elbow or two. Lentz gets free and drops back down for the takedown, gets Winner to the ground but not for long. Winner is up, lands a couple nice punches. Clinched, and the bell sounds as Lentz continues to look for a takedown. I give the round to Lentz 10-9.
Round 2 – Body kick Lentz. Head kick Winner, Lentz with a leg kick. Lentz clinches, gets a single leg in his grasp. Winner puts an elbow against his head. Lentz lets it go and goes back to the clinch. Knee exchanges. Winner choosing to play this clinch game with Lentz. Lentz picks Winner up but has to let him down. Nice right hook from Winner, Lentz drives forward, pushing him into the cage. Lentz has a single and gets him down. Winner gets to a knee then to his feet. Lentz finally gets him on his back. Winner turtles then to his feet. Knee to the face from Lentz barely connects if at all. Lentz grabs a single, picks him over his head and drops him but Winner gets right up. Lentz gets the round 10-9.
Round 3 – Chandella lookin luscious. Winner checks a leg kick then throws a head kick followed by some punches. Lentz fires back, shoots and puts Winner against the cage. Lentz gets the takedown, Winner’s back against the cage and gets up. Lentz doesn’t let him get away though and continues to put the pressure on, still clinched, grabs the leg, then a body lock. Lentz fighting similar to a Guida, finally gets Winner to the ground and takes his back. Winner rolls and Lents is on top in half guard. Lentz looking for full mount. Winner on his side with Lentz still on top in full mount. Lentz throws a few little punches but doing no damage. Winner gets on his knees. Lentz throws some lazy elbows and punches. They have nothing on them. Lentz just smothering him. Joe Rogan calls it an ugly victory; actually he called it an “ugly ugly victory.” I give the round 10-9 to Lentz and the fight to him 30-27.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Nik Lentz def. Andre Winner by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Joe Lauzon vs. Gabe Ruediger
Round 1 – The crowd boos Gabe as he’s announced. That’s funny. Joe gets enormous applause. Gabe with a leg kick. Joe lands a punch and clinches up. He throws Ruediger to the mat and moves to side control, takes Ruediger’s back has his hooks in and is looking for the choke. Ruediger defends and gets free. Lauzon postures up and lands some nice elbows. Lauzon lands some big punches, picks Ruediger up ands slams him. He takes Ruediger’s arm and armbars him. Very impressive performance from Lauzon. Complete domination. Lauzon goes to shake Gabe’s hand and Gabe turns away from him. The crowd is going nuts as the official result is announced. It should be noted Gabe took the fight on two week’s notice. We need to put Joe against Toney.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Joe Lauzon def. Gabe Ruediger by submission (armbar) Rd 1 (2:01)
Nate Diaz vs. Marcus Davis
Round 1 – Leg kick Diaz. Nice left from Davis. Leg kick Diaz. Diaz taunts him. Tells him to come in. Davis clocks him and he goes down. Diaz gets back up. Davis is cut under his eye. They clinch. Diaz lands a left. Davis lands a shot. Push kick Diaz. Diaz connects. Davis connects and so does Diaz. Diaz with a combo and head kick. Davis with a left hook and Diaz fires back. They clinch. Diaz with a knee and leg kick. Diaz clinches. Davis gets free. They exchange and Diaz drops levels, overhand right from Diaz. This is a good fight with both guys exchanging from the pocket. Diaz’s reach giving Davis a few problems though. Nice jab on the chin from Diaz. Davis’s eye has blood all in it. Davis ducks and uses good head movement while Diaz trying to get in with combos. Great first round and Davis is very bloody. I give the round 10-9 to Diaz.
Round 2 – The cut on Davis’s eyelid is E-normous. They put a glob of vaseline on it, a huge glob. The doctor wants to see him. Doctor is looking at him. Yves tells the doctor he’s fine. Davis’s corner said he was over extending and leading with his chin. Diaz landing a nice jab. Davis with a body shot. They keep bumping heads. The blood starts flowing after the head butt again. Diaz goes for a takedown, can’t get it, they separate. Diaz with a jab. Davis with a left. Davis trying to get inside, uppercut from Diaz, Davis scores a shot. Body shot from Davis. Diaz with a right hook. Diaz’s reach still giving Davis trouble as he can’t get inside and Diaz landing those little pop, pop, pop shots. Davis connects nicely. Diaz using his jab nicely. Davis connects with a right. Diaz mixing it up nicely with leg kicks and knees. Two nice leg kicks from Davis, another one. Another leg kick from Davis but Diaz is busting his face up with these punches. Leg kick Davis. Diaz gives him one and Davis fires another one. Diaz clinches, looks for the takedown but no dice. Davis gets a trip takedown but Davis gets on top as the bell sounds. Davis’s eye is horrible looking. Diaz 10-9.
Round 3 – The ref tells Davis to protect his eye. Leg kick Davis. But Diaz starts with his jabs ands and combos. Leg kick Davis. Leg kick Davis. Clinch. Diaz puts some knees into Davis’s thighs. Nice combo from Diaz. Nice right from Diaz. Nice one two from Diaz, then a jab. Beautiful combos from Diaz. Both he and his brother’s boxing are getting so good. Davis lands a shot. Leg kick Davis. Clinch, knee from Diaz, he clinches and gets the takedown. Diaz on top in half guard. Diaz puts an elbow on him and tries to lock up a guillotine. Marcus Davis goes to sleep. Wow! Davis did not want to tap at home said Goldy. You have to feel a little sorry for Davis here at home. Damn that was beautiful.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Nate Diaz def. Marcus Davis by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 3 (4:02)
Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard
Round 1 – You do know that Gray “The Bully” Maynard looks just like the bully on the video game “Bully”. That has to be where his name came from. I loved that game too. Florian with a low stance, using feints. The chants of “Kenny” echo. Still feeling each other out. Kenny throwing out feeling jabs. Head kick Florian, then front kick. Neither land. Goldy is using the word “wicked” way too much lately. Maynard swings huge with an overhand right but misses. Kenny moving in, leg kick, again. Kenny using lots of feitns. That is something so few people use as good as Kenny. High kick blocked by Maynard. They clinch and Kenny lands a right that rocks Gray for a moment. Gray with a right. Then a body shot. Leg kick Florian. Maynard shoots, Florian defending well. Maynard picks Florian up and puts him on his back. Now inside his full guard. Gray with wrist control, laying on top. Maynard throws a few shots before the bell sounds and one punch after the bell. Gotta give the round to Maynard 10-9.
Round 2 – Gray swings and misses. Florian being patient. Kenny kicks and Gray blocks. Kenny’s corner told him to kick Gray’s arm and break it. Right hand from Gray nicks Kenny. Kick from Florian into Gray’s arm. Another kick from Kenny to the arm. Looked to hurt Gray’s arm. Uppercut from Gray. Gray shoots, gets a double and puts Kenny down almost. Kenny posturing on one hand, still on his feet but Gray pulls him backward on his back. Gray in side control. Florian is cut on his forehead. Elbow from Gray. Florian gets half guard and gets caught with a punch from Gray. Gray inside full guard. Gray with some body shots. Nice punch from the bottom by Kenny. Body shots by Gray. Gray lays on top until the bell sounds. 10-9 Gray.
Round 3 – Kenny moves out quickly to the center. Kenny puts his hands up like what’s up. Kenny throws a couple shots and Gray fires back. Nothing lands. Head kick from Kenny but blocked. Gray with a big right hook misses. Leg kick Kenny then a spinning heel kick misses. Another strong kick twice to Gray’s arms that causes Gray to shoot and get the takedown easy. Gray is inside full guard and lands some body shots. Gray postures up, lands a right. Florian with some up kicks and Gray moves back inside guard. 2:00 left in the round. Maynard lands some punches as the ref calls for action. Kenny gets to his feet with a little over a minute to go. Gray puts him down. Kenny tries to lock on an omoplata but Gray pulls out. Kenny’s corner is going nuts for him to get up. Kenny locks on an omoplata with thirty seconds to go. Gray pulls out and Kenny stands up. Ten seconds. Kenny chasing him down but can’t pull the trigger before the bell sounds. Kenny grabs his head in disappointment. Another decision win for Mr. Gray Maynard. Gray has about 70% of his wins from decisions.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Gray Maynard def. Kenny Florian by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
NOTES: Gray Maynard gets booed, but tells Boston he loves them. Gray has secured himself a shot at the lightweight title. He will fight the winner of tonight’s fight between Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn.
Demian Maia vs. Mario Miranda
Round 1 – Can Maia get him down? Head kick blocked by Maia. They clinch. Maia looks for the takedown, grabs a single leg, puts him down against the cage but Miranda back up, but Maia puts him back down. Anderson Silva in Miranda’s corner. Maia trying to take Miranda’s back. He gets it and has both hooks in. Maia softening him up with punches from the back. Miranda holding one wrist of Maia. Miranda goes to his knees and Maia slides over his head, tries to lock on an armbar but Miranda gets up and Maia follows. Maia with a leg kick and Miranda follows with the same. Maia clinchess, lets go and lands an uppercut and left hand. Leg kick from Miranda. Again. Again. Maia swings big but misses. Miranda swings and misses and misses with a kick. Miranda with a leg kick. Miranda with a head kick is blocked but he lands a punch right before the bell. Maia 10-9.
Round 2 – Interesting to hear Maia’s corner telling him to score more points. Leg kick Miranda. Knees to the body from both. Maia gets a single leg and eats some uppercuts. Miranda defends and Maia grabs his neck. Maia trips him for the takedown and is in half guard. Maia postures up, puts a knee in Miranda’s thigh. Maia with some nice big left hands to the face. Maia looking for full mount and gets it. However, Miranda’s back is against the cage and is not flat. Maia starts landing some right hands to the face and Miranda goes down flat on his back. Maia in full mount and has him flattened. Maia with an arm triangle, lets it go and lands some punches and elbows. Almost two minutes to go in the round. Maia looking for an armbar, softening up first with more shots. Maia gets the wrist and goes for the armbar but Miranda slips out and stands up to his feet. He lands some kicks to Maia still on the ground but Maia got the round easily 10-9.
Round 3 – Leg kick from Miranda, Maia shoots, gets the takedown and takes Miranda’s back with hooks in. Maia locks on a body triangle. Miranda is in turtle position while Maia is softening him up with punches to the head. They are both BJJ black belts but you can tell Maia is on a whole other level. Miranda escapes from an armbar attempt, and stands. Miranda stands up and Maia follows. Miranda lands a knee as Maia is slow to get up and looks tired. Miranda looks much too conservative. Right hand from Maia, then gets a takedown and lands in half guard. Maia gets full mount without opposition. Maia looking for the finish, trying to set it up. Maia goes for the armbar but Miranda spins out and gets up. Maia 10-9. Maia couldn’t finish it but dominates the fight on the ground and feet, although no real damage was done by either guy on the feet as it never stayed there very long.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Demian Maia def. Mario Miranda by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Randy Couture vs. James Toney
Round 1 – I just want this fight to get over with I’ll be honest. I don’t want to watch this and I do at the same time. It’s a bit scary to be honest. Holy SH*T!!! I can’t believe this is even happening. Toney waiting. Randy takes him down and mounts. Randy starts pounding immediately. The crowd is going nuts. Randy throws a few little shots to the body but Randy is smothering him. People are chanting UFC. Randy postures up and lands a few punches. Randy pushes him up against the cage still in full mount. Randy has him in arm triangle position and Randy locks it in tight. Randy has the arm triangle in and Randy twists it tight. Toney taps out and never touched Randy a single time. That’s it baby. That should finish the question once and for all. Case F*CKING CLOSED.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Randy Couture def. James Toney by complete mutilation a.k.a. submission (arm triangle) Rd 1 (3:19)
NOTES: This was really an episode of “Bully Beatdown” on Pay-Per-View. Randy is fired up. Randy’s trainer awarded him his black belt (Not sure what his style is called as it’s a hybrid catch wrestling style). Toney said he didn’t expect him to be so aggressive at first. Toney said he will be back. Toney said his ground game is alright but he fought a great fighter. Sounds like he wants to stick around. At least he was classy in defeat. That was cool. Hell he made probably a cool million and maybe needed the money which may explain why he did this to start with. Either way. Glad that is over…. whew….
Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn
Round 1 – Edgar comes bouncing on his walk to the cage. He’s ready for this. Edgar looks fired up as he gets in the ring. B.J. has a solemn face, just standing there looking at Edgar. B.J. looks too calm, too emotional and in his mind. I think that is going to be his downfall whereas Frankie is more in his body right now, bouncing as his name is called. I picked Edgar to win (see Staff Picks). Here we go. Penn comes out after him and lands an uppercut as Edgar picks him up and slams him on his back. B.J. tries to sweep and go for an arm. Edgar is free and in his full guard. B.J. has his feet on Frankie’s hips, like a frog. Frankie can’t pass because of that. Elbow from his back. Penn gets to his feet with no damage. Penn lands a solid left hand on the chin. Edgar lands a left. Edgar working his jab. Edgar clinches and BJ gives him a knee to the body. Edgar picks him up big and slams him. Edgar trying to mount but BJ gets up and eats a knee to the body on the way up. Penn looks too relaxed in my opinion. Leg kick then a punch from Edgar, another leg kick. He moves in and out before Penn can get to him. Penn with a left hook but Frankie follows up with a double jab. Left hook from Penn, body kick by Edgar. Gotta give the round to Edgar 10-9.
Round 2 – Head kick from BJ. Leg kick from BJ. BJ lands a couple shots as Edgar comes in. Nice body kick from Edgar. Edgar grabs a single lets it go and lands a knee. Leg kick Edgar. Edgar grabs a leg but eats a punch for it. Front kick Edgar. BJ lands a couple nice lefts. Left hand BJ. Edgar shoots, drives it in and puts BJ down. BJ has full guard. Gets right up and eats a shot. Edgar lands a nice left as he moves into the inside before BJ can do anything. He’s just so fast with two or three shots real quick before BJ knows what happens. Left hand Edgar. Leg kick Edgar. Bj lands a couple shots. BJ needs to get aggressive. Leg kick Edgar. BJ checks a kick. Edgar 10-9.
Round 3 – Edgar’s corner is telling him that BJ is fading. And they are right. BJ looks defeated (Rogan says concerned). Edgar shoots, BJ kicks him as he stuffs it. BJ lands a punch. Edgar with a kick punch combo. Left jab from Edgar scores. BJ with a left hand a knee. Leg kick checked by BJ. Edgar lands one. Edgar lands a right hand, a left jab, and then a nice uppercut. Big right hand by Edgar. I picked Edgar by TKO and this is why. He lands another left and a leg kick. Edgar shoots, gets stuffed. Nice left from Edgar. Penn just looks lazy, he’s giving the fight away. Edgar shoots, puts him against the fence and lands a big elbow. Nice body shot by BJ. Nice left on the chin by Edgar. Edgar 10-9.
Round 4 – Penn’s corner sounds ridiculous. I think BJ is the number one guy in his camp and that’s the problem. BJ gets the takedown and gets full mount. Frankie has butterfly guard. But Edgar gets up and Penn pops him in the back of the head. Penn with a straight left but he eats a big right. Edgar drops Penn very hard with a leg sweep. Penn has full guard on Frankie. Penn using a high guard. Let’s it go and Edgar hits him in the body. Edgar postures up and dives in with an enormous right hand that lands on the button. That was a vicious shot. He lands a big elbow and BJ gets up. Huge left hook from Edgar that rocks Penn. Edgar lands a two punch combo on Penn’s face. Edgar has not slowed one bit and just continues to assault Penn with his hands and feet. Right hand by Penn before the bell. Edgar 10-9.
Round 5 – BJ’s corner says “Go get him”. Leg kick Frankie. BJ gets the takedown. Inside Edgar’s full guard. Frankie gets up but Penn drags him down. Penn tries to get his back but loses it and Edgar is on top inside Edgar’s guard. Big elbow from Edgar. Edgar puts his elbow in Penn’s throat lifts it up and hits him in the face, does it again only harder. Nice left hand from Edgar. He’s beating the crap out of BJ. I think we have seen BJ Penn get old before our eyes folks. Penn tries to scramble but Edgar puts him back down and smashes him with an elbow. Penn puts his back against the cage and gets up eating a knee to the body on the way up. One minute to go in the fight. Penn throws a lazy lazy knee and eats a punch. Penn moving so slow like he’s drunk. Edgar still attacking, landing punches and lands a knee to the face as Penn shoots. Leg kick Edgar. Edgar 10-9 and wins the fight in my book 50-45
OFFICIAL RESULT: Frankie Edgar def. B.J. Penn by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
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