Spike TV has announced the two bouts that will be broadcast on the “UFC Prelims” special before “UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2″ jumps off from inside TD Garden in Boston on August 28th.
Boston natives Jorge Rivera and Joe Lauzon will be fighting in separate bouts to get the crowd going before the event shifts to pay-per-view.
UFC 118 will be the promotion’s first event in Massachusetts following the sport being sanctioned there earlier this year.
Rivera will take on Alessio Sakara in a middleweight scrap, while Lauzon faces Terry Etim in a lightweight bout.
The night’s featured bout will be a lightweight title fight, with BJ Penn looking to regain the title from Frankie Edgar, who defeated Penn for the belt in their last bout at UFC 112.
Randy “The Natural” Couture takes on former pro boxer James Toney in his first MMA fight in the co-main event.
Here’s the official UFC 118 fight card:
Amilcar Alves vs. Mike Pierce
Nick Osipczak vs Greg Soto
Phil Baroni vs. John Salter
Andre Winner vs. Nik Lentz
(Spike TV 9PM ET/6PM PT)
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)