by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Get out the Red Sox hats, and the Bruins and Celtics jerseys, because the UFC is officially coming to Boston.
The long awaited announcement about the UFC’s first foray into Massachusetts was made official on Thursday as UFC 118 will take place at the TD Garden in Boston on August 28.
Headlining the card will be the championship rematch between now champion Frankie Edgar and the man he beat to take the belt, former champion B.J. Penn. The two 155lbers battled in April with Edgar winning the UFC lightweight title via a 5-round unanimous decision.
The loss for Penn was the first at 155lbs since a 2002 decision defeat at the hands of Jens Pulver. The Hawaiian will attempt to get the belt back that he won and then defended three consecutive times before running into Frankie Edgar.
A heavyweight showdown between UFC hall of famer Randy Couture and former boxing world champion James Toney, making his mixed martial arts debut was also confirmed for the August show. The much talked about fight will definitely be one of the most talked about fights on the card.
A top contender’s slot could also be on the line in Boston as hometown hero Kenny Florian returns to action to face Gray Maynard in a lightweight fight.
Other fights announced for the August 28 show included Nate Marquardt taking on Rousimar Palhares, Jorge Rivera against Alessio Sakara, Joe Lauzon taking on Terry Etim, Andre Winner against Nik Lentz, Nick Osipczak vs. Greg Soto, and Mike Pierce against Amilcar Alves
Tickets go on sale on for the general public on June 25 at 10a.m. EST, while UFC Fight Club members will have access to tickets on June 23 starting at 10a.m. EST.