Hours after the Boston Celtics lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals, the world’s biggest MMA organization officially confirmed that “UFC 118: Penn vs. Edgar II” will take place in Beantown.
“Without a doubt, August 28th will be one of the highlights of my career. I’m thrilled to bring the UFC to Boston for the first time in our history,” UFC President Dana White said in an official press release. “Boston is one of the world’s greatest fight towns, fans only expect the best, and we are bringing it with the rematch between BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar, and the Octagon-debut of boxing legend James Toney vs. one of the greatest UFC heavyweights of all-time, Randy Couture.”
The announcement comes as no surprise, as the featured attractions had been rumored for quite some time. Edgar pulled off the biggest upset of 2010 when he took a unanimous decision over the Hawaiian at UFC 112.
“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.”
Like a true champ, Edgar was more than willing to oblige with an immediate mulligan.
“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 stated. “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.”
The event takes place inside the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, home of the loathed Boston Celtics – who will NOT be hanging their 18th championship banner following their loss on Thursday evening.
Here are the fighters slated for the pay-per-view broadcast:
Amilcar Alves vs. Mike Pierce
Phil Baroni vs. John Salter
Nick Osipczak vs Greg Soto
Andre Winner vs. Nik Lentz
Joe Lauzon vs. Terry Etim
Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara
Gray Maynard vs. Kenny Florian
Nate Marquardt vs. Rousimar Palhares
James Toney vs. Randy Couture
BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Championship)