UFC 118: Couture Stops Toney; Edgar Keeps Title
James Toney promised to prove to the world that boxers are better than mixed martial artists, but the only thing he showed at the TD Garden on Saturday was that he was no match to one of the most accomplished fighters in UFC history.
Randy Couture needed only 30 seconds to take down Toney to the mat, where the reigning heavyweight boxing champion stayed until referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the co-main event of UFC 118 three minutes and 19 seconds into the first round. Couture pummeled Toney with strikes to the head as the 42-year-old boxer struggled to break free from the former UFC heavyweight and light-heavyweight champion. Couture completed the submission victory with a head triangle that made Toney tap out and put a quick end to his initial foray into MMA.
Meanwhile, Frankie Edgar retained his lightweight title by defeating B.J. Penn, the same man he beat in April to become a champion. Edgar was dominant for most of the match, taking down Penn several times while also landing the telling blows to win by unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the bout 50-45 in favor of the champion.