UFC 118 “Edgar vs. Penn 2” is currently underway at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
In the main event, Frankie Edgar puts his lightweight title on the line against BJ Penn.
In the co-main event, James Toney makes his MMA debut against Randy Couture.
Demian Maia took on Mario Miranda in a middleweight match-up.
Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard fought for the next lightweight title shot.
Nate Diaz looked for another win in the welterweight division against Marcus Davis.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Frankie Edgar defeats B.J. Penn via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
- Randy Couture defeats James Toney via Submission (Arm Triangle) in Round One
- Demian Maia defeats Mario Miranda via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Gray Maynard defeats Kenny Florian via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Nate Diaz defeats Marcus Davis via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round Three
- Joe Lauzon defeats Gabe Ruediger via Submission (Armbar) in Round One
- Nik Lentz defeats Andre Winner via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
- Dan Miller defeats John Salter via Submission (Ninja Choke) in Round Two
- Greg Soto defeats Nick Osipczak via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Mike Pierce defeats Amilcar Alves via Submission (Armbar) in Round Three
Recap & Thoughts
Nik Lentz vs. Andre Winner: It wasn’t the most exciting fight you’ve ever seen. For nearly 15 minuted Nik Lentz controlled Andre Winner in the clinch and on the ground. Winner managed to inflict a little damage, but for the most part it was a slow grinding fight. The unanimous decision was met with unanimous boos from the crowd.
Joe Lauzon vs. Gabe Ruediger: I think Joe Lauzon just sent Gabe Ruediger back to the minor leagues. Fighting like he was possessed, Lauzon got a hold of Ruediger early and never looked back. After slamming Ruediger to the mat, Joe took his back, rained down shots to the side of his face, and tapped him out with an armbar. As Joe Rogan put it, Joe Lauzon “ran over” Gabe Ruediger.
Marcus Davis vs. Nate Diaz: Marcus Davis said they were going to stand and bang, and that they did. For nearly 14 minutes, Marcus Davis and Nate Diaz stood toe-to-toe and traded strikes. Davis made Diaz pay for taunting early in the first, but from the end of the first to the final second of the fight, it was pretty much all Diaz. He opened a nasty cut under Davis’ right eye and it only got worse from there. By the end of the fight, Davis’ right eye was so swollen, cut and bloody it looked just like an unidentified piece of meat I saw in the grocery store earlier today. It was bad, probably bad enough to stop the fight, but Diaz put Davis to sleep with a guillotine choke before Yves Lavigne could intervene. Despite another impressive win at welterweight, Diaz told Joe Rogan he wants a crack at “tough guy wannabe Gray Maynard” and those “hot shots” at 155.
Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard: It wasn’t the performance Kenny Florian envisioned in front of his hometown crowd. In all three rounds, Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard fought a tactical stand-up battle until the latter part of the round when Maynard would shoot in, get the takedown and rough Florian up with a little ground and pound. I’m not sure if Kenny was worried about the takedown or if it was something else, but he didn’t attack on the feet like he normally does with his opponents. Tonight’s Kenny Florian looked more like title fight Kenny Florian than lightweight destroyer Kenny Florian. While it was certainly a disappointing performance for him, it was huge win for Gray Maynard. He gets a lightweight title shot against either Frankie Edgar or BJ Penn.
Demian Maia vs. Mario Miranda: Mario Miranda had no answer for Demain Maia’s jiu-jitsu. For three straight rounds, Maia worked his way to dominant positions and threatened with submission attempts. To Miranda’s credit, he managed to escape each one (a feat in of itself), but in the end, escaping submissions for 15 minutes isn’t going to earn you any points on the judges scorecards. Maia earns the lopsided decision.
Randy Couture vs. James Toney: What most MMA fans thought would happen, happened. Before James Toney could even throw a punch, Randy Couture shot in and immediately secured full mount, signaling the beginning of the end. To Toney’s credit, he lasted longer than someone with 6-9 months MMA training should against Randy Couture, but once he was on his back, he just didn’t know how to escape and get back to his feet. From there Couture roughed him up a little bit and eventually submitted him with an arm triangle. I doubt we’ll see James Toney back, but if we do, I would hope they put him against a striker. There’s no reason to put him back in the cage with a wrestler or grappler.
Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn: BJ Penn expected a better Frankie Edgar than he fought in Abu Dhabi, and that’s exactly what he got. Edgar picked up right where he left off at UFC 112, mixing his speed and constant movement with takedowns to stay one step ahead of Penn the entire fight. Penn landed occasional shots, but more often than not Edgar beat him to the punch. BJ’s best opportunities came in the opening moments of the fourth and fifth rounds. Penn managed to secure two takedowns of his own, but amazingly, Edgar worked his way right out of danger both times before Penn could inflict any significant damage or threaten with submissions.
Without a doubt we saw a better, sharper Frankie Edgar than we saw in April. The same can’t be said for BJ Penn. You could argue Penn won in Abu Dhabi. You can’t argue he won in Boston.
Submission of the Night: Joe Lauzon
Knockout of the Night: N/A
Fight of the Night: Nate Diaz & Marcus Davis
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $3 million