Maynard to challenge Edgar

Frankie Edgar (right) defeated fellow American B.J. Penn (left) for a second straight time at UFC...

Frankie Edgar (right) defeated fellow American B.J. Penn (left) for a second straight time at UFC 118. (AFP/Karim Sahib)

NEIL SPRINGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

UFC lightweight champion Frankie (The Answer) Edgar has a date with a bully.

Following a dominant unanimous decision victory over (The Prodigy) B.J. Penn in the main event of UFC 118 in Boston, Edgar (13-1) will get the chance to correct the only blemish on his record when he defends the strap against Gray (The Bully) Maynard.

"For me, it's a great opportunity," Edgar said at the post-fight press conference. "He has a win over me. He deserves a shot, and I'll get a chance to possibly avenge that loss."

Though the details of the fight have yet to be announced, Maynard (10-0, 1 NC) earned the shot by defeating Kenny (KenFlo) Florian via unanimous decision last night.

"It's a nice belt to have and I want it for sure," Maynard said. "Everybody's beatable."

The two originally faced at UFC Fight Night 13 on April 2, 2008 in a bout that saw Maynard out-wrestle and out-muscle Edgar en route to a unanimous decision victory.

COUTURE CHOKES TONEY

It was one and done for James (Lights Out) Toney at UFC 118.

Toney (0-1 MMA; 72-6-3, 2 NC boxing) trash-talked his way into the UFC and was sent packing courtesy of Randy (The Natural) Couture in the co-main event.

Couture (19-10) wasted no time getting the fight to the ground, taking Toney down with a low single. From there, he unloaded with punches before slapping on an arm triangle for the submission win.

"This is exactly what we trained to do," Couture said. "No one really shoots a low single in MMA. I knew with James' boxing stance a low single would probably be there and it worked. I've worked on that arm-triangle for over a year now, so to finally get it, it was awesome."

Following the fight, UFC president Dana White said he's done signing boxers.

"I thought we answered this question in 1993, but James came out and he picked a fight," White said. "We answered the question again in 2010. I don't think it needs to be answered again. I don't care if it's (Floyd) Mayweather Jr. or anybody else."

BONUS MONEY

Nick Diaz and (The Irish Hand Grenade) Marcus Davis earned Fight of the Night honours for their wild slugfest.

The two went at it for 14 minutes, landing hard shots and cutting each other open. However, Diaz's (13-5) reach advantage proved too much for Davis (17-7). With less than a minute left in the fight, Diaz secured a guillotine choke for the win.

Joe (J-Lau) Lauzon took home Submission of the Night for his destruction of Gabe (Godzilla) Ruediger.

Lauzon (19-5) immediately took the fight to Ruediger (17-6), putting him on his back and swarming with punches and elbows. Ruediger fought hard to escape, but fell victim to an armbar at the two-minute mark.

No one was awarded Knockout of the Night.

Diaz, Davis and Lauzon each took home an additional $60,000 for their efforts.


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