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UFC 118: Events Recap

Written on August 30, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The complete recap of the UFC 118 game last Saturday. See who went home victorious.

Saturday’s UFC 118 made victory bloody great. First, the rematch between Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn for the lightweight title aimed well, making Edgar retain his title. It seems that the Saturday’s event was a continuation of the UFC 112 fight. Penn was striked by Edgar all over in all angles. All aiming for take down.

On the 4th round, Penn scored but not long after Edgar got him and that ended up the fight in Edgar’s hands.

Ultimately, the judges gave him the shutout victory, and Edgar won the fight via scores of 50-45 on all three cards.

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Randy Couture: Toney’s Help Towards Victory

Written on August 30, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Now, we can conclude that those who don't speak are those who knew better.

UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture (19-10 MMA, 16-7 UFC) has long been recognized as one of the “legend” fighters in MMA octagon. Most observers expected Couture MMA at the approach of his fight with James Toney 118 (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on Saturday night in Boston just as he did – by boxer made on the back and ending the fight quickly.

“The first thing I noticed when I got into the cage and kind of settled in was he was wearing those things on his feet,” said Couture, referencing what he said looked like “slippers.” “That’s exactly why you don’t see a lot of guys shoot that shot – because it’s pretty easy to counter. You shoot from a longer distance away. You have to get pretty low. A good grappler or a good wrestler is going to step out of that. You’re catching his heel, and hopefully you get some pressure on his knee and force him to his butt. I didn’t think James would have a counter or an answer to that. You don’t see that shot very often in MMA simply because good grapplers counter it pretty easily.”

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James Toney: I See Fear in Randy Couture’s Eyes

Written on August 28, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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James Toney said he saw fear in Randy "The Legend" Couture's eyes. Let's see if this fear will make Toney win the fight.

It has been 24 hours after standing face to face with UFC 118 Randy Couture (18-10 MMA, 15-7 UFC), and boxing champion James Toney (72-6-3 boxing, 0-0 MMA) remembered how it felt.

“I seen fear,” Toney said when interviewed last Thursday’s media workout session. “I smelled it, too. Everybody can sit there and say, ‘Oh, Randy was tough. He was cool.’ All the Randy Couture fans were [saying that]. Up close and personal, you could see it in his eyes. He ain’t never seen nobody like me in his life.”

Toney and Couture had no chance for another meeting last Thursday because UFC officials follow the traditional way that they prevent fighters from crossing each other’s paths before the fight. But after the staredown at Wednesday’s pre-event presscon, Toney said his confidence is high.

“I’m a whole different species,” Toney said. “I’m something he ain’t never seen before in his [expletive] life. I can knock him out, or I can choke him out – either, or.

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Gray Maynard’s Future Isn’t Planned Yet

Written on August 26, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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"If you have time to prepare, I'll take anyone. I'll fight anyone, and I believe I'll win." -Gray Maynard

Gray Maynard (9-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) speaks of his UFC 118 event with confidence. While the victory for this Saturday’s UFC 118 will mean a much awaited big shot for the lightweight title he wasn’t at all focused on the belt. Instead he was thinking of his opponent Kenny Florian (14-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC). And […]

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UFC 118 Conference: Open to Fans

Written on August 25, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The UFC 118 Press Conference is opening its gate to everyone!

Behold MMA-UFC fanatics! The official pre-UFC 118 press conference is open for you too. The event will take place on Wednesday at Boston’s historic Great Hall in Faneuil Hall.
Joining the press is UFC President Dana White, main card fighters Randy Couture and James Toney, re-match fighters Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn and Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard.

The event is prior to Saturday’s main even UFC 118 at Boston’s TD Garded. It will also include the special “UFC Prelims” to be aired on Spike TC and the come back of the UFC Fan Expo that’ll mark UFC’s debut on Massachusetts.

The Full Card includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Champ Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn (for lightweight title)
Randy Couture vs. James Toney
Demian Maia vs. Mario Miranda
Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard
Marcus Davis vs. Nate Diaz
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
Joe Lauzon vs. Gabe Ruediger
Nik Lentz vs. Andre Winner
PRELIMINARY CARD
Dan Miller vs. John Salter
Nick Osipczak vs. Greg Soto
Amilcar Alves vs. Mike Pierce

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Frankie Edgar: Confident on his Victory over Penn

Written on August 24, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Edgar is fighting to prove something not only to himself but as well as to his opponent.

UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) believes that there is only one B.J. Penn (15-6-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) that will get him on his toes. Getting the belt from “The Prodigy” at UFC 112 is boosting his confidence but a big mistake if sat upon too relaxed.

“I try not to even think about the title,” Edgar said. “This is a totally new fight for me whether it’s a title defense or a new fight, old fight – it doesn’t matter. It’s all the same to me.”
Edgar, 28 turned the year into his own hands by dethroning Penn for being the Lighweight Champion for 2 years. He did the unexpected and scored 2 take downs. Though critics saw the flaw, the major factor is still the judges awarding him with 50-45, 49-46 and 48-47 on score cards. He returned home with a “Hero’s Welcome”.

“I still hold B.J. in high regard,” he said. “I mean, he’s a legend in this sport and he is still the greatest lightweight of all time. So that’s just great for me to fight him because … for the last fight it made me force myself to bring the best out of me, and now I have to do that again.

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B.J. Penn Speaks about Toney-Couture Fight

Written on August 23, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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People think there was a flaw on UFC 118's main card, Penn saw it as a good sign rather than a confusion.

It seems that UFC 118 event coordinators are making a mistake when they included James Toney vs Randy Couture fight on the card. No offense to UFC but the spotlight should be aiming for B.J. Penn and Frankie Edgar since they are the main card fight. A battle to determine who the UFC Lightweight champ is but the wild card turned upside down.

But unlike us, who saw the trouble in making the “Legends” back to back with the rematch, Penn is completely not bothered. In fact, he wanted to see the fight for the two titans in MMA.

“I really would like to see James Toney do good out there,” Penn said. “You know what? If Randy goes in there and runs over James Toney in five seconds, I don’t think that does anything. I look for ways to try to build the sport, ways to put more fans in the seats and more money in our pockets. I want to see James Toney go in there and do good.”

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The Official UFC 118 Main Card

Written on August 19, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The final list of fighters for the UFC 118 main card is announced.

The Final Card for the UFC 118 event is complete and announced today. The 10-bout line-up features a rematch fight between lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn and The Randy Couture-James Toney for the co-headliner.

The UFC 118 will be on August 28 at the TD Garden in Boston. Two prelim fights will air on Spike TV as a part of “UFC Prelims” special then the main card will air on pay-per-view.

Lightweight bouts will include Joe Lauzon vs. Gabe Ruediger and Nik Lentz vs. Andre Winner.They will take the Spike TV slots while 55-pounders Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard, middleweights Demian Maia vs. Mario Miranda, and welterweights Marcus Davis vs. Nate Diaz round out the PPV main card.

UFC 118 is the UFC’s first-ever show in Massachusetts, which just only recently welcomes MMA again.

The full UFC 118 card includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Champ Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn (for lightweight title)
Randy Couture vs. James Toney
Demian Maia vs. Mario Miranda
Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard
Marcus Davis vs. Nate Diaz
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
Joe Lauzon vs. Gabe Ruediger
Nik Lentz vs. Andre Winner
PRELIMINARY CARD
Dan Miller vs. John Salter
Nick Osipczak vs. Greg Soto
Amilcar Alves vs. Mike Pierce

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