The Ultimate Fighting Championship, much to the excitement of company president Dana White, is finally making its way to Beantown for a show at the TD Garden.
A UFC lightweight championship rematch between current champion Frankie Edgar and the man he defeated for the belt, B.J. Penn, heads the card. But a fight that might steal the thunder of the title bout is a showdown between UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture and boxing champion James Toney, who is making his mixed martial arts debut.
MMAWeekly.com is live at cageside to bring you complete round-by-round coverage, beginning with the preliminary bouts scheduled to begin at approximately 4:20 p.m. PT / 7:20 p.m. ET. At least two bouts will take place on Spike TV at 6 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET. And the main card airs on pay-per-view at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET.
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UFC 118 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
R1 – Edgar opens with a big slam takedown on Penn. Penn almost gets a reverse, but Edgar maintains position. Penn keeping his feet on Edgar’s hips and eventually escapes from the bottom. The fighters cautiously approach each other on the feet, until Edgar gets a body lock on Penn and slams him down. Edgar lets go and they are back on the feet. Edgar stays quick on his feet, and moves in and out on Penn, neither fighter landing anything big.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Frankie Edgar
R2 – Penn catches Edgar coming in, but he’s quick to respond with some quick punches of his own. Edgar gets in close on Penn, and before releasing fires a quick knee at Penn’s head. Penn starts to establish his jab, nailing Edgar with a few in a row. Edgar rushes in, gets Penn in a body lock and takes him down again. Penn is quick to get back to his feet. Edgar starts to tag Penn more on the feet as he uses his speed to stay away from the Hawaiian’s power. Close round
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Frankie Edgar
R3 – Edgar is fast on all the exchanges, hitting and then moving back out again. Exchanges back and forth, Edgar does tag Penn with a good overhand right, and another. Edgar leaps in and cracks Penn with another solid shot, and then he’s back out again. Edgar pushes for the clinch, but releases it and misses on a punch. Edgar gets a hold of Penn and press him into the cage, hits a nice inside punch and then moves out again.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Frankie Edgar
R4 – Penn gets aggressive and lands a nice takedown of his own on Edgar. Penn maintains the position for a moment, but Edgar is able to slip out and get back to his feet. Edgar with a nice kick that takes out Penn’s legs and they are on the mat again. Penn works for a high guard as Edgar stays in close to avoid a submission. Edgar hops up and drop a huge punch from above, and follows it up with a few hammer fists. Edgar backs out again, and Penn springs to his feet. Edgar again keeps his feet working at all times, and moves in and out with punches.
MMAWeekly scores R4 10-9 Frankie Edgar
R5 – Penn secures a takedown to start the final round, as Edgar pulls guard. In the scramble, Penn tries to take Edgar’s back, but he reverses and puts Penn on his back instead. Edgar working short elbows and punches inside of Penn’s guard. Edgar staying busy, peppering Penn with shots. Penn tries to switch around for a takedown of his own, but Edgar has none of it, and puts Penn on his back again. Penn is able to spring up against the cage, and they are back on the feet. Penn dives in for a takedown and catches a knee for his trouble.
MMAWeekly scores R5 10-9 Frankie Edgar
Frankie Edgar def. B.J. Penn by unanimous decision (50-45 on all cards)
R1 – Couture with the takedown just seconds in, moves to mount immediately. Couture working punches from the mount as Toney holds on. Couture locks on a head and arm choke, but Toney appears okay. Couture moves to the side, locks up the head and arm choke again and Toney taps out.
Randy Couture def. James Toney by submission (arm triangle) at 3:19, R1
R1 – Maia gets a takedown to start the fight and lands some short knees right to the gut of Miranda. Miranda tries to get up, but Maia takes him right back down. Maia works for some punches, and then promptly takes Miranda’s back. Miranda stays patient and is able to escape and get back to his feet. The action slows as Miranda and Maia seem cautious to engage.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Demian Maia
R2 – Maia ties Miranda up after a brief exchange on the feet, and takes him to the ground. Maia softening Miranda up with punches, as he moves to the mount. Maia going for a head and arm choke briefly, but he lets it go and starts to reign down shots instead. Maia almost locks in a triangle from the top, but lets go and swings over for an armbar, but Miranda slips out.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Demian Maia
R3 – Maia gets the fight down just seconds into round 3, takes Miranda’s back and sinks the hooks in. Maia continues to punish from the top as he tries to maintain his position. Miranda is able to slip out the backdoor, and the fight is back up again. Maia looks tired, but Miranda is also looking sluggish in his first chance to fire away standing. Maia gets the body lock and drags Miranda back to the ground, and takes the mount again. Maia goes for another armbar, and Miranda slips out, but the fight comes to a close.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Demian Maia
Demian Maia def. Mario Miranda by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)
R1 – Maynard very tentative to start the fight, Florian pawing out with his jab and fires off a head kick. Florian throws a couple quick leg kicks, as Maynard seems cautious about engaging. Florian tags him with a good punch close, and Maynard backs out. Maynard finally pushes forward looking for a takedown, Florian stuffs him early but Maynard gets it deeper and slams him to the ground. Maynard fires down some punches as the round comes to a close.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Gray Maynard
R2 – Florian throws a good body kick to start round 2, but again both fighters are very tentative. Not much action two minutes into the round, both fighters staying on the outside. Maynard shoots for the takedown and drags Florian to the mat as he works to get his balance and get back to his feet. Maynard controls the body, and gets him down. Maynard working from side control, trying to open up a few shots from above on Florian’s head. Maynard is just stifling from the top, and Florian can’t get out from under.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Gray Maynard
R3 – Likely down on the judges’ scorecards, Florian comes out more aggressive this round, and mixes up his strikes to keep Maynard off balance. Maynard has enough and shoots in, putting Florian on his back again. Maynard unrelenting on the ground, pressuring Florian against the cage, and using his strength to his advantage. Florian is able to pop up for a second, before Maynard lands another double leg takedown. Florian goes for an omoplata, but Maynard pops out. Florian goes for it again, but Maynard manages and gets out again.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Gray Maynard
Gray Maynard def. Kenny Florian by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
R1 – Diaz starts taunting early and gets a punch to the face for his troubles. Davis follows up with some more shots, but Diaz recovers as the two clinch for a moment before separating. Both fighters winging big punches. Diaz fires with a good combination, followed by a leg kick, as Davis has blood coming from around his right eye. Diaz pushes the clinch against the cage, but they are back out center again. Diaz is getting the best of Davis on the feet with accurate strikes.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Nate Diaz
R2 – Davis opens with a nice combo to push Diaz back, and the fighters go into the clinch. A little bit of action against the cage, but it’s back to striking after only a moment. Diaz is killing Davis with his reach, just can’t find an answer for it. Diaz paws at Davis with his lead jab, but Davis fires back with a nice overhand right. Diaz starts tagging Davis repeatedly with his jab, snapping his head back with each shot. Diaz goes for a takedown late in the round, but Davis reverses as he trips his opponent and they fall to the ground, as the horn sounds.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Nate Diaz
R3 – Both fighters strike early in the round as the Boston crowd tries to rally for Marcus Davis. Diaz initiates the clinch, but Davis slips out. Diaz keeps Davis at the end of his punches and lands a nice right hook. Diaz starting to hurt Davis more and more with his punches in bunches, and shoots in and finally takes Davis to the ground. Davis tries to slip out and Diaz catches him in a guillotine. Davis refuses to tap, and Diaz chokes him unconscious.
Nate Diaz def. Marcus Davis by submission (guillotine choke) at 4:02, R3
R1 – Lauzon aggressive early, gets the clinch and tosses Ruediger to the mat. Lauzon takes his back, and works for a choke, but in the scramble he ends up on top where he unloads some vicious elbows, and then punches, followed up by another slam. Lauzon transitions to an armbar from the top, and Ruediger taps out.
Joe Lauzon def. Gabe Ruediger by submission (armbar) at 2:01, R1
R1 – Lentz gets the clinch early and takes Winner to the ground, where he starts to work, but the Brit is able to get back to his feet. Some clinch work against the cage, and the fighters separate, but Lentz goes for a takedown again, and it’s back to the cage. Winner gets some separation and goes for the Thai plum, and tries to land some strikes, but misses his chance, and Lentz pressures him to the ground again. Back to the feet, Winner catches Lentz with a quick punch, followed up by another, but Lentz pushes for the clinch as the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Nik Lentz
R2 – Lentz goes for the takedown again, and Winner is able to stuff him, as they exchange positions against the cage. They separate for a split second, as Winner tries to strike, but Lentz is back on him, pressing for the takedown against the cage. Lentz finally scores the takedown, but struggles to keep Winner under him, and the Brit is able to slip out. As the fighters scramble, Lentz ends up on Winner’s back, but Winner stands back up, and it’s back to the clinch. Lentz picks Winner up and tries to slam him down, but not much power behind it.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Nik Lentz
R3 – Lentz goes for a takedown to open the round, puts Winner down on the mat, but he gets up again only to have Lentz back on him again in the clinch. Lentz gets Winner down again, and tries to take his back, but the Brit defends well. Lentz ends up on Winner’s back, and works for position, landing minimal damage as the Boston crowd boos as if the Los Angeles Lakers just entered the building. Lentz finally works for a rear naked choke as the fight ends.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Nik Lentz
Nik Lentz def. Andre Winner by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
R1 – Salter and Miller come out swinging early with both fighters happy to stand and trade. Both land some heavy shots as they exchange punches. Miller goes for a kick, and Salter grabs the leg and lands a takedown. Miller working a high guard, kicks his hips out and looks for an armbar, but Salter backs out and then jumps back down. Miller puts his feet on Salter’s hips and kicks out, and stands back up. On the feet, both fighters land some good strikes, but Salter shoots in again and takes Miller down as the round closes.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 John Salter
R2 – On the the feet, it’s an even exchange once again. Salter shoots in on Miller, and he locks on a tight guillotine choke as it goes to the ground. Miller rolls into a modified anaconda/guillotine choke, and locks it on even tighter, and Salter is forced to tap.
Dan Miller def. John Salter by submission (anaconda choke) at 1:53, R2
R1 – Osipczak pops Soto with two great combinations in a row that snap his head back, but he keeps moving forward and gets a takedown on the Brit. Soto working some ground and pound from the top, as Osipczak defends while throwing some elbows from the bottom. Soto moves to side control, and as Osipczak is scrambling, he’s able to hit a sweep and get back to his feet. Osipczak continues to move forward and lands the more effective strikes, but Soto avoids any real damage. Soto goes for a takedown, and the Brit catches him with a whizzer, but they don’t hit the ground, and the fight stays standing till the end of the round.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Greg Soto
R2 – Soto has a good-sized cut that causes some concern between rounds, but he’s allowed to continue. Osipczak smells blood in the water and comes out swinging big to open the round and catches Soto early, but he scrambles and ends up taking the Brit’s back, and almost locks in a rear naked choke. Osipczak rolls and Soto ends up in his half guard. Soto continues to pepper away at Osipczak’s head and body on the ground and then moves to take wrist control, but then gives it up to work more strikes instead. Osipczak rolls, and almost gives up his back again, but scrambles and gets back to his feet, but the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Greg Soto
R3 – Soto lands a huge double leg takedown to start the round as the Boston crowd roars in approval. Soto stands up and tries to drop a bomb from above, doesn’t land it, but does ends up in side control. Soto starts unloading big knees to the body of Osipczak. Soto is just smothering Osipczak, who has no answer for the ground control from the New Jersey fighter. Osizczak rolls and Soto ends up in mount with a head and arm choke, but the Brit is okay, and motions a thumbs up to the referee. Soto gets creative and starts dropping knees to the body and then moves to mount, and starts dropping bombs. Osipczak rolls again, and Soto batters him from the top, dropping vicious elbows, but the Brit survives the round. Dominant finish for Soto.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Greg Soto
Greg Soto def. Nick Osipczak by unanimous decision, 29-28 on all cards
R1 – Pierce works tirelessly for a takedown early, and eventually gets a nice single leg, into a slam putting Alves on his back. Pierce begins to work his ground attack, moving to side control. Alves works his way back up, but Pierce promptly grabs a double leg and puts him back down again. Alves manages to get up again, as Pierce continues to push forward in the clinch, adding some foot stomps as the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Mike Pierce
R2 – Pierce rushes across and grabs a quick single leg to start the round with Alves working from an open guard. Alves bounces out, but Pierce grabs a front choke, and then moves to take his back, as Alves rolls and ends up with Pierce in his half guard. Pierce continues to work Alves up against the cage, landing some nice elbows, but the action slows again as Alves just can’t find a way out from underneath. Crowd starting to get a little restless with the stall in action.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Mike Pierce
R3 – Alves coming out much more aggressive this round, throwing kicks and stepping forward, but soon finds himself back on the ground as Pierce takes him down off a kick. Pierce lands in half guard and works for a kimura, but Alves pops out. Pierce continues to move and again goes for the kimura, then transitions to an armbar. Alves looks in trouble, but eventually pops out again. Pierce locks on the arm lock one more time, and Alves is forced to tap.
Mike Pierce def. Almicar Alves by submission (arm lock) at 3:11, R3
UFC 118 RESULTS:
Main Bouts (On Pay-Per-View):
-Frankie Edgar def. B.J. Penn by unanimous decision (50-45 on all cards)
-Randy Couture def. James Toney by submission (arm triangle) at 3:19, R1
-Demian Maia def. Mario Miranda by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)
-Gray Maynard def. Kenny Florian by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
-Nate Diaz def. Marcus Davis by submission (guillotine choke) at 4:02, R3
Preliminary Bouts (On Spike TV):
-Joe Lauzon def. Gabe Ruediger by submission (armbar) at 2:01, R1
-Nik Lentz def. Andre Winner by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Preliminary Bouts (Non-Televised):
-Dan Miller def. John Salter by submission (anaconda choke) at 1:53, R2
-Greg Soto def. Nick Osipczak by unanimous decision, 29-28 on all cards
-Mike Pierce def. Almicar Alves by submission (arm lock) at 3:11, R3