As noted yesterday, the UFC officially announced that they will be hitting Boston for the first time for UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2 on Saturday, August 28th from the TD Garden.
In the main event of the evening, newly crowned lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will face the man whom he narrowly defeated for the belt at UFC 112, BJ Penn.
“Frankie pulled off the upset of the year when he beat BJ in April, and I know that both of these guys are coming to Boston with something to prove – Frankie wants to cement his place at the top of the division, and BJ wants to show that his loss was just a fluke – so this is going to be one to remember,” said UFC President Dana White.
Winner of four in a row, including a shocking unanimous decision victory over Penn, Frankie “The Answer” Edgar was a relentless force at UFC 112 and is the new UFC lightweight champion. The Summit, New Jersey native has won seven out of his eight fights in the UFC and has put away some big names such as Penn, Sean Sherk, Tyson Griffin, Spencer Fisher and Hermes Franca and now the 28-year-old former college wrestler looks to add Penn to that list one more time.
“I’m going to have to bring the same intensity I did in the first fight because I know BJ will be bringing the big guns for this one,” Edgar said. “It’s going to be great fighting on the east coast. These are fantastic fans and I know how passionate they are about MMA. I’m training for every possible scenario and I know BJ is too.”
A true legend in the sport and a man that has been influential in the success of mixed martial arts, BJ “The Prodigy” Penn is regarded by many as the greatest lightweight to ever step into the Octagon. A former champion in two weight classes (lightweight and welterweight), the 31-year-old holds wins over Matt Hughes, Matt Serra, Kenny Florian, Diego Sanchez, Sean Sherk, among many others. Now “The Prodigy” looks to get the lightweight championship strap back when he takes on “The Answer”.
“Frankie fought a great fight the first time and I’m expecting him to come back at me just as hard in this rematch,” said Penn. “But I’m more determined than ever, and I hope he’s ready for me because I just have one goal in mind – getting my belt back.”
UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2 takes place on Saturday, August 28th from the TD Garden in Boston, MA. Also featured on the card is UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture facing boxing legend James Toney in Toney’s MMA debut. Rousimar Palhares takes on Nate Marquardt, and in a battle for the next top lightweight contender spot, Gray Maynard will face Boston’s own Kenny Florian.