Ten things we learned from UFC 118
I’m sure that there were many other things we learned at UFC 118, but here is my top 10.
10. Talking trash only sells tickets. The last three trash-talking fighters all walked out of the cage with bruised egos, bruised faces and losses on their records. James "Your Lights Went Out" Toney, Chael Sonnen and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson went down.
9. Speaking of trash talking. Nate Diaz and Marcus Davis clearly had the “Fight of the Night.” Diaz usually backs up his trash-talking with his fists.
8. Lightweight contender Gray “The Bully” Maynard is for real. He is finally going to get a shot at the lightweight belt.
7. BJ Penn and Kenny Florian should now be considered gatekeepers of the championship belts. They should become the guys you fight before you fight for the belt.
6. James Toney had no defense for the low, single-leg takedown. You don’t see that move very often in a professional MMA fight. That’s old-school wrestling, something a boxer would never have seen in his career.
5. UFC President Dana White talking about Kenny Florian: "He chokes in the big fights."
3. Joe Lauzon has won a post-fight award in his last three fights.
2. Dana White has learned a valuable lesson for the future of MMA. You can’t allow anybody with a big mouth and a few MMA lessons the chance to fight in the cage. Clearly, James Toney was overmatched in this fight and anyone that knew anything about MMA picked this outcome. We knew Randy Couture would have Toney on his back in 10 seconds and a submission in the first round.
1. False advertisement. What was the UFC thinking when they put up the picture, clearly airbrushed or manipulated, of James Toney on its website. Did they think we were not going to see his gut and love handles when he removed his shirt?
Results from UFC 118:
Mike Pierce won by submission (straight armbar) over Amilcar Alves
Greg Soto won by decision (unanimous) over Nick Osipczak
Dan Miller won by submission (anaconda choke) over John Salter
Nik Lentz won by decision (unanimous) over Andre Winner
Joe Lauzon won by submission (armbar) over Gabe Ruediger
Nate Diaz won by submission (guillotine choke) over Marcus Davis
Gray Maynard won by decision (unanimous) over Kenny Florian
Demian Maia won by decision (unanimous) over Mario Miranda
Randy Couture won by submission (arm-triangle choke) over James Toney
Frankie Edgar won by decision (unanimous) over B.J. Penn