UFC 118 Picks & Predictions

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 08:   Lightweight champion BJ Penn (R) battles Kenny Florian during their lightweight championship title bout at UFC 101: Declaration at the Wachovia Center on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2 takes place tonight from the TD Garden in Boston and the card is stacked with intriguing fights from the main event UFC Lightweight title bout to the MMA vs. Boxing match featuring James “Lights Out” Toney and UFC Hall of Famer Randy “The Natural” Couture. Here are my picks for tonight’s event.

UFC Lightweight Championship Bout: Frankie Edgar (12-1) vs. B.J. Penn (15-6-1) – Edgar won a close decision in the first match where Penn was heavily favored. This time around, we should expect to see the Penn we thought we would see the first time around. While Edgar has a good skill set to beat Penn, as he is quick with sharp strikes and good wrestling, he doesn’t have the natural talent that Penn has. Look for Penn to work his jab and put together combinations on Edgar, slowly breaking him apart before choking him out in round four.

UFC Heavyweight Bout: Randy Couture (18-10) vs. James Toney (0-0) – This fight has gotten more hype than any other on the card as it marks the first time a legitimate boxing champion is stepping into the octagon. While Toney has one-punch knockout power, Couture is too smart to be beaten that easily. Couture will push Toney up against the cage early and work his dirty boxing before eventually scoring a takedown and finishing with a submission. Toney is too big and slow to be able to keep Couture from getting him to the ground.

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Talking entertainment with Marcus Davis

COLOGNE, GERMANY - JUNE 13:  Marcus Davis of the USA is seen during his welterweight bout against Dan Hardy of UK during the UFC 99 The Comback at Lanxess Arena on June 13, 2009 in Cologne, Germany.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Nate Lawson of HeavyMMA.com recently sat down with Marcus Davis, who says the fighters’ jobs are to entertain.

As a young, poor child from the East Coast, Marcus Davis set forth his goals early in life. The proud Irish-American wanted to become a professional fighter and compete in Ireland.

At the ripe age of 19, Davis made the leap to the professional level of boxing and, just a few years later, was drawn into the hype of mixed martial arts, making his professional MMA debut in 2003.

Throughout both his boxing career and mixed martial arts career, “The Irish Hand Grenade” has had a great deal of success, enjoying power in his hands that have led to several vicious knockouts, as well as an ever-improving MMA game that has allowed him to compete in the sport as a professional and even accomplish his goal of fighting in Ireland.

Yet with all the success that has come to Davis over his career, make no mistake about it, he is a fighter, first and foremost, for your entertainment.

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