UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2 updates
Updates from UFC 118 bouts at TD Garden in Boston:
Although the night’s lightweight title bout lasted the full five rounds, champion Frankie Edgar’s first title defense in a rematch against former champ B.J. Penn was a one-sided bout, with Edgar dominating Penn in speed and strength to win by unanimous decision, 50-45 on all three judges’ scorecards.
Edgar’s first-round takedown of Penn was a preview of things to come. He might be just three years younger than the 31-year-old Penn (15-7-1), but Edgar (13-1) looked half Penn’s age, leaving the veteran flummoxed.
He took Penn to the mat again in the third round, and delivered a big right and left hook, along with a left elbow later in a clench. Edgar out-worked Penn, who was not nearly capable of doing anything beyond landing a few late-round takedowns.
Edgar said he wanted to "make that point" that he won the first fight, too.
Penn said he'll have to go home to Hawaii and "think about things" regarding possible retirement.
Related: Photo gallery from UFC 118.
A boxer stepped into the octagon Saturday, and he was clearly out of his league.
Decorated Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Randy Couture needed just 15 seconds to shoot to the legs of former world champion boxer James Toney, taking him down and battering him throughout until Toney tapped out at the 3:19 mark of the first round.
Couture, 47, said the advantage he knew he’d have on Toney “worked,” as he immediately mounted Toney and unleashed multiple rights and lefts to the boxer’s head.
Couture decided the bout by squeezing his left arm around Toney’s neck, a choke that forced Toney to tap out, with referee Mario Yamasaki stopping the heavyweight fight.
UFC officials admitted Toney, 42, was the most decorated boxer ever to step into the octagon, after winning titles in three weight divisions from middleweight to heavyweight.
It didn’t matter, with Couture waiting, boasting five former UFC titles and a veteran’s desire to mute talk that a great boxer could step into the mixed martial arts octagon and claim a victory over an MMA great.
“All us MMA guys love boxing, and I hope now these boxers, like James, will love MMA,” Couture said.
Toney was itching to unleash a power punch in four-ounce UFC gloves rather than the 10-ounce mitts he uses in boxing, but he had little chance to throw any serious blows while on his back.
“I couldn’t get off,” Toney said. “Randy Couture’s a great fighter.”
Middleweight Demian Maia, who fought for the middleweight title earlier this year, dominated Mario Miranda on the canvas to improve to 13-2 with a unanimous decision by scores of 30-27 on all three judges' cards.
Maia pressed for a triangle choke with his legs in the first round, then flashed a more polished stand-up game. In the second, he punished Miranda (12-2) with right fists and left elbows to the face while working for a decisive hold that wouldn’t come.
Maia kept atop Miranda’s back at the start of the third, and even when Miranda escaped and got in a stand-up pose, he lacked the energy to threaten Maia.
Unbeaten lightweight Gray Maynard landed a title shot at tonight's Frankie Edgar-B.J. Penn winner by out-toughing former title contender Kenny Florian in a unanimous decision. Two judges scored it 30-27 and the other had Maynard winning 29-28.
Maynard's ability to score takedowns against Florian resulted in intense second-round pressure that clearly fatigued Florian, who couldn't lock Maynard into any traps resulting in fight-ending holds in the final round.
Florian suffered a cut above his left eye in the second.
Maynard said he looked forward to relaxing and watching the Edgar-Penn fight, knowing he had a date with the winner.
Welterweight Nate Diaz from Stockton opened the card by defeating Marcus Davis in the final minute of the third round, applying a guillotine choke.
In an action-packed, stand-up first round, Diaz delivered a left to fellow southpaw Davis' right eyebrow, opening a nasty gash that forced a between-rounds inspection by the doctor.
Diaz's superb reach won him the bout, and when he got Davis on the ground, he capitalized, causing Davis to go limp in a guillotine choke at the 4:02 mark of the third.
Photo: Frankie Edgar avoid a punch by B.J. Penn during their UFC 118 lightweight title fight on Saturday night in Boston. Credit: Josh Hedges / Zuffa LLC via Getty Images