Boston is one of the greatest sports cities in the world, but it seldom sees the excitement of UFC 118 that will happen on Saturday night. Here’s the preview from BroburySports.com.
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The main event is B.J. Penn (-300) against Frankie Edgar for the lightweight championship. Penn lost the belt as a huge favorite to Edgar last April in the United Arab Emirates.
It was a unanimous decision at 50-45, 48-47 and 49-46. Penn’s camp said he wasn’t feeling good, which sounds like a pretty bad excuse. However, the oddsmakers believe he should be the solid favorite once again with these odds.
Edgar has a speed advantage and will try to ‘stick and move’ as much as possible. Penn has the better power by far.
The 31-year-old Penn is 15-6-1 in his career and has bounced back from losses against much tougher opponents like Georges St-Pierre. The 28-year-old Edgar is a New Jersey native and is 12-1. The overall competition that he’s faced is much lower than Penn.
Randy Couture (-600) against James Toney is another fight everyone is talking about. Couture has accomplished everything in his MMA career, but is clearly on the downside at 47-years-old. He’ll be fighting former boxing champion James Toney. This is his first foray into MMA and it’s a tough one.
The Kenny Florian (-155) and Gray Maynard bout will determine the No. 1 contender for the lightweight championship. Florian lost to Penn for the lightweight title back in August. Maynard is undefeated at 9-0 and is the only fighter to beat Edgar.
UFC 118 Odds
Frankie Edgar (+240) vs. B.J. Penn
James Toney (+400) vs. Randy Couture
Gray Maynard (+125) vs. Kenny Florian
Marcus Davis (+160) vs. Nate Diaz
Mario Miranda (+190) vs. Damien Maia
Nik Lentz (-110) vs. Andre Winner
Greg Soto (+110) vs. Nick Osipczak
Gabe Ruediger (+300) vs. Joe Lauzon
John Salter (+240) vs. Dan Miller
Amilcar Alves (+200) vs. Mike Pierce