Bout No. 10, Frankie Edgar def. BJ Penn, five-round unanimous decision
Frankie Edgar upheld his UFC lightweight title with a five-round unanimous decision over BJ Penn in a rematch of their title bout April 12 in which Edgar took the lightweight belt away from Penn.
``I feel like I can walk on water,'' Edgar said afterward. ``I got to thank BJ, because I think he brought out the best in me.''
Edgar will now advance to a title bout against undefeated Gray Maynard, who ascended to the No. 1 contender after his lightweight victory (unanimous decision, three rounds) over Kenny Florian. Maynard (11-0, 1 no contest) is the only fighter to defeat Edgar.
``Frankie fought a great fight,'' Penn said. ``He's a man. I've got nothing bad to say. He fought me twice and he walked away with a decision twice. What can you say? ''
Bout No. 9, Randy Couture def. James Toney, submission, 3:19.
No contest. It was mixed martial arts all over boxing in the heavyweight bout between UFC Hall of Famer Randy ``The Natural'' Couture and heavyweight boxing champion James ``Lights Out'' Toney, who tapped out at 3:19 of the first round after Couture got him to submit to an arm triangle choke.
Toney, who came into the fight with a puncher's chance of beating Couture, lost any chance he had of walking out of the octagon with an upset victory when Couture took him down 18 seconds into the fight.
Couture proceeded to put a Boston beatdown on the boxer, much to the delight of the TD Garden crowd, who roared at the sight of Couture dominating Toney.
Bout No. 8, Demian Maia def. Mario Miranda, unanimous decision
The less said about this forgettable bout between Brazilian middleweights, the better.
Bout No. 7, third round, Gray Maynard def. Kenny Florian, unanimous decision
With a promised shot at the UFC lightweight title hanging in the balance, Gray Maynard finally earned that right with a unanimous decision over Kenny Florian. Maynard will now get to contend for the lightweight crown against the winner of the main event between lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and No. 1 contender BJ Penn.
Maynard, who remained undefeated at 11-0 (1 no contest) , entered as the only fighter to pin Edgar with a loss.
Florian, 34, of Dover, seemed to agonize at the sound of final horn over the two opportunities he had at finishing Maynard with an armbar. Both times, however, Maynard managed to slip out of the submission hold.
“I’m very disappointed,'' Florian said. ``I really worked on my wrestling. I wasn’t successful there and that was the difference.
``I expected him to try and take me down near the ends of the rounds,'' Florian said. ``I wasn’t able to stop it. It was really frustrating. He wasn’t engaging, he wasn’t engaging, I chased him and that opened me up to the takedown.''
Of his failed attempt at a submisson, Florian said, ``Yeah, it was tight, but I knew he was going to be difficult to finish because we were slippery.''
Spotted ringside: Shaquille O'Neal and Glen ``Big Baby'' Davis of the Celtics and Tom Brady, Stephen Neal and Wes Welker of the Patriots and UFC heavyweight champions Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, who no doubt were on hand to watch Randy Couture administer a Beantown beatdown on James Toney.
Bout No. 7, second round, Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard
This round seemed to belong to Maynard, much to the chagrin of the Garden crowd who were hoping to see more from Florian. However, the local favorite spent the last 1:44 of the round on his back and trying to writhe from the grasp of Maynard, who shurgged off roundhouse kick to the chops by Florian at 1:52.
Bout No. 7, first round, Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard
After the two spent the first three minutes of the round, thrusting and parrying, Florian and Maynard finally engaged in an honest exchange. It wasn't until 1:14 remained, though, that Maynard went for a two-legged takedown of Florian, putting the hometown favorite on his back with about 10 seconds remaining.
Florian, however, was able to get out of the round unscathed.
Bout No. 6, third round, Nate Diaz vs. Marcus Davis, submission, 4:02
After battering his opponent in the first two blood-spattered rounds, Nate Diaz, the season five winner of ``The Ultimate Fighter,'' wound up defeating Marcus Davis of Bangor, Maine, with a third-round submission choke hold that caused Davis to lose consciousness.
Diaz connected early and often in trading punches with Davis, a former boxer who was making his 14th appearance in the UFC's octagon.
``I wanted to stand with him coming in because I knew I had the reach,'' said Diaz, of Stockton, Calif. ``He definitely clocked me in the first round, but I was able to recover. I was able to work my jab and use my reach to connect with his eye.''
After savaging Davis' right eye and opening up a second cut above it, Diaz went to the ground game and got the submission.
``I knew I had it tight,'' Diaz said. ``I felt him gurgle and I knew that that it was deep.''
Bout No. 6, first round, Nate Diaz vs. Marcus Davis
Neither combatant spent much time on the ground, preferring to trade in a toe-to-toe stand-up fire fight. It wasn't until 14 seconds remained that Diaz attempted a takedown only to get taken down by Davis.
When the round ended, Davis retreated to his corner, blood gushing from two cuts near his right eye. He gamely came out for a third round.
Bout No. 6, first round, Nate Diaz vs. Marcus Davis
Blood was spilled early and often in the first round. Unfortunately, for Marcus Davis, of Bangor, Maine, much of it was his, stemming from a nasty gash over his right eye. After a medical consult, Davis was allowed to resume action in the second round.
Bout No. 5, first round, Joe Lauzon def. Gabe Ruediger, submission
Playing to the strong support of his hometown crowd, Joe Lauzon of Bridgewater, Mass., did not disappoint his fans when he wasted little time in defeating Gabe Ruediger with a first-round submission (armbar) at 2:01.
``“The crowd was unbelievable tonight. I love the crowd. I love Boston,'' Lauzon said. ``I was definitely feeding off that energy.''
Lauzon dominated Ruediger, who was a late substitute for the injured Terry Etim, with a pair of takedowns at 1:45. After rocking the pinned Ruediger with four straight forearms to the head, Lauzon then executed the armbar that induced Ruediger to tap out.
``This is the first black belt I’ve submitted in competition so that made the win that much bigger for me,'' Lauzon said. ``An important rule in jiu-jitsu is to keep your arms tight in and I haven’t been making people pay for leaving them out. I feel I’ve been doing a better job lately.
``I called it [Friday at the UFC Expo] that I was going to win by either a KO or submission,'' Lauzon said. ``I followed my game plan exactly and that is due in large part to my coaches. This is the best I’ve ever been.”
Bout No. 4, third round, Nik Lentz def. Andre Winner, unanimous decision
Nik Lentz, the pride of Eden Prarie, Minn., was going for a submission but was unable to finish Andre Winner, a finalist in the ninth season of the UFC reality show ``The Ultimate Fighter, when the final horn sounded on the third round.
Lentz, however, wound up scoring a unanimous decision, much to the chagrin of the bloodthirsty Garden crowd who booed the result of this lackluster bout.
``I felt good about my performance,'' Lentz said. ``I got the win, but I felt like I could’ve done a lot of things better. But when you’re in there with a person of his caliber it’s tough to get the finish. He’s definitely the toughest guy I’ve ever fought.''
Next up: Joe Lauzon of Bridgewater, Mass, vs. Gabe ``Godzilla'' Ruediger of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Bout No. 4, second round, Nik Lentz vs. Andre Winner
Lentz seemed to score points with his late takedown of Winner. Give this round to the pride of Eden Prarie, Minn.
Bout No. 4, first round, Nik Lentz vs. Andre Winner
Not an impressive round by both fighters. Neither seemed to press the action and spent more time clutching each other.
Bout No. 3, second round, Dan Miller def. John Salter, submission, 1:53
Dan Miller got John Salter to tap out with 1:53 remaining in the second round after executing an Anaconda choke on his opponent.
“I felt like I wasn’t able to finish right away,'' Miller said. ``But I adjusted the choke and just squeezed until I got the tap.”
Miller wrapped himself around Salter's neck like a serpent and got him to submit, giving Miller his 12th victory of his MMA career.
“I’m so happy I got this win,'' Miller said. ``I needed it. I felt like if I got another loss I would be cut.”
Bout No. 3, first round, Dan Miller vs. John Salter
The third bout of the night between Dan Miller (11-4, 1 NC) of Whippany, N.J., and John Salter (5-1) of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was an evenly-matched battle between middleweights who were well-versed in wrestling and jiu-jitsu.
This round seemed to be a split decision, but Salter seemed to press the action after scoring a takedown of Miller with 2:59 remaining.
Bout No. 2, third round, Greg Soto def. Nick Osipczak, unanimous decision
Greg Soto, 24, of Point Pleasant, N.J., scored his first UFC victory with a unanimous decision over Nick Osipczak of Nottingham, England.
Soto was disqualified in his UFC debut against Matthew Riddle in UFC 111 in Newark, N.J.
Soto, who made a stunning second-round comeback from a nasty cut he suffered in the first round, took the fight to Osipczak in the third round. Soto pinned his opponent and slammed his rib cage with knee strikes to the while pummeling him in the head with hard elbow shots.
``I had been cut there before and I knew it wasn’t going to take much to get it going again. So I anticipated that,'' Soto said. ``The doctor asked me if I could see and I said ‘Yes, I can.' They were just checking me out.''
When the final horn sounded, it was apparent Soto had gotten the result he was looking for.
``Nick’s standup is sharp,'' Soto admitted. ``He stung me a few times, but there’s no quit in me. No quit in Pellegrino MMA. My wrestling, my jiu-jitsu. It was just too much for him.''
Bout No. 2, second round, Soto vs. Osipczak
It was a good thing that Greg Soto made it off his stool for the second round, because he seemed to turn things around by nearly executing a naked-rear choke hold on his British opponent.
However, Osipczak managed to break free and survive to the third round.
Bout No. 2, first round, Soto vs. Osipczak
Greg Soto seemed to absorb more punishment than he dealt in the first round of his welterweight bout against Nick Osipczak, who landed a stright right hand that opened a nasty cut over Soto's left eye.
Though he required a bit of extra time to receive medical attention, Soto, to his credit came out for the second round.
Bout No. 1, third round, Pierce def. Alves, submission, 3:11
Mike Pierce improved his UFC record to 3-1 (11-3 overall MMA record) after got UFC newcomer Almicar Alves to tap out after subjecting him to a cross-body arm bar with 3:11 remaining in the third round.
“I went for the submission earlier, but I couldn’t get it,'' Pierce said. ``I knew my wrestling and jiu-jitsu was better than his Muay Thai so I wanted to take him down. His arm was slippery, but as soon as I got the lock in place I knew I had him.
``I’ve been wanting to get my first UFC finish for a long time,'' Pierce said. ``This is a new chapter in my career. I now know I can finish on the biggest stage, the UFC.''
Up next: Greg Soto of Point Pleasant, N.J. vs. Nick Osipczak of Nottingham, England in a three-round welterweight bout.
Bout No. 1, second round, Pierce vs. Alves
Not an inspiring effort for Mr. Alves in his debut. Spent much of the three-minute round on his back again.
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Almicar Alves, fighting out of Rio de Janiero, Brazil, with a 11-1 record, made his UFC debut against Mike Pierce (10-3) of Vancouver, Wash.
Pierce pressed the action in the first round, working Alves' left thigh with several knee strikes and then slamming him to the mat with a takedown with 1:52 to go. Alves, though, stayed on the ground and tried to use his ground tactics to little effect as the first round ended to a smattering of boos.
Well, before the first mixed martial arts event in Massachusetts got underway, there seemed to be a dust-up in the cheap seat in Section 304 high above ringside. Gave new meaning to the term ``nosebleed seats.'' Where did these people think they were at? A Bruins game?
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