The UFC is coming, the UFC is coming!
Dana White today made his homecoming official, announcing that his promotion will stage a blockbuster pay-per-view (PPV) event for the first-time ever in his native Boston, Mass., at the TD Garden on Aug. 28, 2010.
UFC 118: "Edgar vs. Penn 2" (as its name suggests) will feature a rematch for the lightweight title between B.J. Penn and division champion Frankie Edgar in the main event of the evening. "The Answer" figured out the "Prodigy" at UFC 112 back in April, earning a five-round unanimous decision over the Hawaiian.
It's the centerpiece of a blockbuster weekend that has white downright giddy:
"Without a doubt, August 28th will be one of the highlights of my career, I’m thrilled to bring the UFC to Boston for the first time in our history. Boston is one of the world’s greatest fight towns, fans only expect the best, and we are bringing it with the rematch between BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar, and the Octagon-debut of boxing legend James Toney vs. one of the greatest UFC heavyweights of all-time, Randy Couture."
That's right, former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Randy Couture will indeed ntroduce professional boxing champion James Toney to the Octagon in the co-featured fight of the night. Another exciting 155-pound showdown between Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard has also been made official.
The promotion also plans to coordinate a two-day "Fan Expo" at the nearby Hynes Convention Center from Aug. 27 right up until fight time to coincide with the PPV event.
It will include meet and greets with legendary UFC, Pride FC and WEC fighters, mixed martial arts (MMA) demonstrations, grappling "Super Fights," fan-inspired special events, training and development sessions, as well as other combat related opportunities and entertainment.
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