by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com (Reporting by Damon Martin)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship finally landed in Beantown, a personal goal of UFC president Dana White’s, with UFC 118.
Headlining Saturday night’s event was a lightweight championship rematch, where Frankie Edgar solidified himself as the champ by defeating B.J. Penn for the second straight time. His next defense will come against Gray Maynard, who earned the shot by dominating Kenny Florian as part of the undercard.
UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture finally put the freak show debate to rest, making quick work of world champion boxer James Toney in the co-main event.
The action took place before 15,575 fans at the TD Garden (more commonly known as the Boston Garden) in Boston. It was a strong draw at the venue, but may leave UFC brass sidelining thoughts they have had about putting on a stadium event at Fenway Park. TD Garden has a capacity of 20,000 in a concert setting, while Fenway holds up to 37,000 for baseball games.
UFC officials were somewhat surprised leading up to the event, as they had expected a sellout their first time in Boston. The attendance was still a strong number for the promotion, drawing an estimated gate of $3 million in a down economy.