UFC 118 Proves That Frankie Edgar Is The Answer

The UFC 118 rematch that featured Frankie Edgar defending his UFC lightweight title against BJ Penn ended with the same result. Edgar took the title away from Penn at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi by unanimous decision. The decision in their first match was close that there were doubts about Edgar’s legitimacy as a lightweight great and as champion.

Their second meeting on Saturday showed the same result but this time around, Edgar won in convincing fashion. All three judges scored it 50-45, the same way I would have scored the fight.

Edgar beat the legendary BJ Penn in all areas. The diminutive lightweight champion showed that he was the better striker and grappler. BJ Penn is  tough takedown defender but Edgar managed to take him down several times. Penn was also clearly outpunched through five rounds.

Edgar is now set to defend his title against earlier lightweight eliminator winner Gray Maynard, who beat Kenny Florian in the same fight card. Maynard is the only fighter who has beaten Edgar but that was two years ago. Edgar has since then improved and is a much different fighter.

Gray Maynard is not known to be an exciting fighter but this should be an interesting matchup. It is a opportunity for Edgar to avenge his lone career loss or it could be Maynard’s turn to get hold of the lightweight title.

Randy Couture vs James Toney UFC 118 Results: Couture By Triangle Choke Submission

Many thought the UFC 118 co-main event match between Randy Couture and James Toney was a joke and I would tend to agree. At UFC 118 in Boston, the joke is on Toney as his trash talking did not take him anywhere beyond the first round.

The fight was intriguing with hype on a boxing versus mixed martial arts bout. James Toney being a heavyweight boxing champ had a puncher’s chance to pull off an upset knockout win and the four-ounce gloves would be to his advantage.   

Randy Couture is just way too smart and experienced for Toney to land any clean punch. In the opening seconds of the first round, Couture easily took James down and worked from there. Toney could not offer any defense at all as Couture was simply taking full control of the fight on the ground. By the 3:19 mark, it was all over as Couture submitted Toney with a triangle choke.

UFC 118: BJ Penn vs Frankie Edgar and Randy Couture vs James Toney

UFC 118: BJ Penn vs Frankie Edgar and Randy Couture vs James Toney – The UFC 118 is now on the way and by the looks of it we will have a very interesting UFC match today. The former boxing champ James Toney had entered a new sports and will try to defeat one of the greatest legends of UFC, Randy Couture.

On the Lightweight match former champion BJ Penn will try to regain the title he lost last April 2010 from Frankie Edgar. The preliminary cards is over and we are entering the main card and everything from herein will be total mayhem.

UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2 is being held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The Third UFC Fan Expo is also being held to coincide with this event. This is also the first UFC held in Massachusetts.

Here are the UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn Preliminary results:

Preliminary card

Welterweight bout: United States Mike Pierce vs. Brazil Amilcar Alves: Pierce defeated Alves via submission (cross-body armbar) at 3:11 of round 3.

Welterweight bout: England Nick Osipczak vs. United States Greg Soto: Soto defeated Osipczak via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Middleweight bout: United States Dan Miller vs. United States John Salter: Miller defeated Salter via submission (anaconda choke) at 1:53 of round 2.

Preliminary card (Spike TV)

Lightweight bout: England Andre Winner vs. United States Nik Lentz: Lentz defeated Winner via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27).

Lightweight bout: United States Joe Lauzon vs. United States Gabe Ruediger: Lauzon defeated Ruediger via submission (armbar) at 2:01 of round 1.

UFC 118 Weigh In

The weigh in results are in. On Saturday night at the TD Garden in Boston MA, mixed martial arts fight fans are in for another treat with UFC 118. Ultimate Fighting Championship is bringing mixed martial arts to a place that used to be a good base for boxing fans.

There have been less interesting boxing events in the last few years paving the way for MMA to rise in popularity. The upcoming UFC 118 is not lacking in star power and it also features some interesting matchups.

In the main event, UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar defends his crown against former champion BJ Penn in a rematch that would cement the status of the eventual winner. Penn is favored to reclaim his lighweight title to validate himself as the greatest lightweight champion. Edgar may not be a pushover with improvements seen in him in each fight.

The co-main event has boxing champion James Toney facing legendary UFC fighter Randy Couture in a heavyweight match. This may turn out to be a boxing vs. MMA match. Couture is the odds on favorite but Toney has a “puncher’s chance” to score an upset knockout victory.

Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard dispute top contender spot for the lightweight crown. The winner of the Florian-Maynard match will set him up with a championship match with the winner of the Edgar-Penn rematch.

Weigh in results:

Frankie Edgar, 154 vs. B.J. Penn, 154.

James Toney, 237 vs. Randy Couture, 220.

Gray Maynard, 156 vs. Kenny Florian, 156.

Nathan Diaz, 171 vs. Marcus Davis, 170.

Mario Miranda, 185 vs. Demian Maia, 184.

Gabe Ruediger, 155 vs. Joe Lauzon, 156.

Nik Lentz, 155 vs. Andre Winner, 154.

John Salter, 185 vs. Dan Miller, 185.

Greg Soto, 170 vs. Nick Osipczak, 171.

Amilcar Alves 171 vs. Mike Pierce, 171.

Boston Welcomes UFC 118

The much awaited mixed martial arts match is finally taking place. For the first time, the event would be happening at the TD Garden Boston, Massachusetts. August 28, 2010, he clash of awesome fighters would be witnessed by all UFC fans. It has been expected that this phenomena comes along with the third UFC Fan Expo.

Among the much awaited fights would be the re-match between BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar for the Lightweight belt. They faced each other in UFC 112 wherein Edgar was able to grab the belt from Penn via unanimous decision win. Penn would see to it that he would be able to get is title back. However, Edgar would surely not let him do it.

Randy Couture would also be fighting in here against James Toney for the Heavyweight bout. Couture who has been famous in UFC was a former a three-time heavyweight champion and a two-time light-heavyweight champion. Awesome record for an awesome fighter. James Toney on the other hand is the current IBA Heavyweight champion. He is a professional boxer who wants to prove to everyone that he could have a place in mixed martial arts. Boxing wise, he already got his limelight but in mixed martial arts, everyone has been longing to find out if he can do the same.

UFC fans could witness the event live TD Garden Boston, Massachusetts August 28, 2010. For those who can’t make it, local TV channels would be airing it live or better yet watch UFC 118 Live Stream online on various sports websites.

UFC 118: Frankie Edgar vs. B J Penn Analysis

The Ultimate Fighting Championship brings UFC to Boston for the first time with UFC 118 on Saturday at the TD Garden. The main event features a rematch between UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn who is out to reclaim the crown he lost to Edgar at UFC 112.

Penn is favored to win back the title by coming into the fight more motivated than before. In their first meeting at UFC 112, Penn was favored to win against Edgar as he was thought to be unbeatable at lightweight. Frankie Edgar scored an upset unanimous decision win with better striking and at the same time using his quickness to stay away from Penn’s range.

While Penn is expected to come back stronger, there is no denying the fact that current champion Frankie Edgar has been improving every game. He has not received the due respect as a champion but his 12-1 record (7-1 at UFC) is quite impressive.

Penn is touted as the best UFC lightweight champion and Kenny Florian one of the lightweight greats who has not won the belt. Frankie Edgar deserves to be one of the lightweight greats too and he can validate this with another win over Penn on Saturday.

Frankie Edgar vs BJ Penn UFC 118 Results: Edgar Retains Belt With Unanimous Decision

Only a few people gave UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar a chance to retain his belt against former UFC lightweight champ BJ Penn. Their first meeting in Abu Dhabi at UFC 112 was a close unanimous decision win for Edgar. In their first championship match, Edgar used his quickness to land efficient strikes and at the same time stay away from BJ Penn.

The rematch between Edgar and Penn yielded the same results with Edgar scoring another unanimous decision win. What makes this different from their first match is that Edgar clearly won all rounds against Penn. I would score it a shutout, 5-0 in favor of Edgar.

This rematch victory should cement Frankie Edgar’s status as an elite fighter. Only a few gave him the respect that a champion deserves but his win over Penn should validate the fact that Frankie Edgar is for real. He has improved in each fight. His next title defense will most likely be against Gray Maynard, the only fighter who has defeated him.

Maynard is undefeated but with Edgar’s improvement, their future title match would be totally different.