UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar answered his controversial April win over BJ Penn with a dominant victory that left no doubts, as he again topped the former champ Penn to retain the title on Saturday in the main event of UFC 118 at Boston’s TD Garden.
Edgar’s strategy was nearly unchanged, but the result was much clearer, as he took Penn down throughout the five-round headliner and picked him apart on the feet while avoiding any serious trouble to earn a 50-45 shutout on the judge’s cards.
Edgar has now won five-straight since losing to Gray Maynard, who he’ll face in his next title defense, while Penn falls to 15-7-1 after suffering back-to-back losses for just the second time in his career.
UFC hall of famer Randy Couture made easy work of boxing champ James Toney in the UFC 118 co-headliner, as he forced the MMA newcomer to tap to an arm triangle in the opening round.
The 47-year-old former champ Couture didn’t let Toney use his hands once before taking him down with ease and thrashing him on the ground, softening him with punches before earning the tap midway through the frame.
In other UFC 118 main card action, middleweight contender Demian Maia rebounded with a dominant unanimous decision over Mario Miranda, Gray Maynard earned the next shot at the lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Kenny Florian, and Nate Diaz bloodied Marcus Davis before submitting him in the third.
On the UFC 118 preliminary card, Joe Lauzon impressed in a first-round submission of Gabe Ruediger, while Dan Miller snapped his losing streak with a win over John Salter.
The official UFC 118 results were:
- Champ Frankie Edgar def. BJ Penn via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
UFC Lightweight Championship
- Randy Couture def. James Toney via submission (arm triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:19
- Demian Maia def. Mario Miranda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Gray Maynard def. Kenny Florian via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Nate Diaz def. Marcus Davis via technical submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 4:02
- Joe Lauzon def. Gabe Ruediger via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:01
- Nik Lentz def. Andre Winner via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
- Dan Miller def. John Salter via submission (anaconda choke) – Round 2, 1:53
- Greg Soto def. Nick Osipczak via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Mike Pierce def. Amilcar Alves via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 3:11