Randy Couture dominates James Toney at UFC 118
BOSTON – Mixed martial arts can be an unpredictable sport, but Saturday night at UFC 118, Randy Couture knew exactly what he wanted to do to James Toney.
He wanted to shoot low for a single-leg takedown, something easily defended by a grappler but an unfamiliar attack for a boxer like Toney is used to handling.
By going low at the start of their bout Saturday at UFC 118, he gave Toney no chance to counterpunch. Couture quickly began his usual ground-and-pound assault, but he didn’t want a knockout — he was just trying to set up an arm-triangle choke he has been practicing for a year.
“You kind of want James to have the complete martial arts experience,” Couture said.
An accomplished amateur wrestler before his MMA career, Couture wasted no time taking the larger Toney down, and the boxing champion showed no ability to respond once he was on the ground.
Couture immediately established full mount, straddling Toney’s torso and landing short punches as he has done throughout his career.
Toney slowed Couture’s progress by keeping his arms in the way as Couture worked for an arm-triangle choke. He fended off one attempt, which Couture relinquished in favor of more punches. The second attempt at the choke was more secure, and Toney flailed his hand to tap out, 3:19 into the fight.
Edgar beats BJ Penn again, silences doubters at UFC 118
BOSTON — There’s no question about Frank “The Answer” Edgar’s mastery of BJ Penn now.
With a unanimous five-round decision Saturday at UFC 118 over, Edgar (13-1) defended his lightweight belt against the man he took it from four months ago. All three judges scored it 50-45 for Edgar, meaning Penn (15-7-1) did not win a single round this time.
“I feel like I walked on water,” Edgar said. “I want to thank BJ. He brought the best out of me. Having to prepare for him for eight months has just done nothing but bless my career.”
As he did in April, Edgar moved quickly, not letting Penn throw punch combinations. This time Edgar beat Penn to the punch even more often, and he was more successful with takedowns. The champion wrestled Penn to the mat several times and made him pay with punches each he scrambled up.
“I guess it looked like the same kind of fight as the last time, but he got off good,” Penn said. “Much respect.”