The Prodigal Son Gets Schooled (Again)
The world of mixed martial arts embraced BJ Penn, at least at one point, as one of the (if not the best) pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Penn, a skillful artist that could quickly find the answer to dismantling his opponents, either by extremely well-timed punches or by masterful submissions. The answer did not come so easy when Penn fought Frankie “The Answer” Edgar in Abu Dhabi on April 10 (UFC 112); and after his retake exam on Aug. 28th (UFC 118) in Boston, Mass…. the so-called “Prodigy” failed to make the mark.
As a martial artist and fight fan, I must say that I’ve been highly impressed with Edgar, especially from his decision over Sean Sherk (UFC 98) in 2009.
Last night, I watched in amazement as he did punctuated his position as the lightweight champion by a unanimous verdict of 50-45, 50-45-50-45. Frankie, like a continuation of his first fight with Penn, kept great movement, and at each turn kept Penn guessing. He showed he was in top form by taking Penn down to the canvas on multiple attempts – only slipping up once in round 4 when Penn almost got Edgar’s back. Other than that one moment, I was never worried. Penn looked like the same fighter that showed up last April, whereas Edgar was well conditioned and had a few more tricks up his sleeve.
Congratulations Frankie, that’s five straight wins, and your first title defense!
Randy Couture vs. James Toney
As on the fight card was Hall of Fame MMA legend Randy “The Natural” Couture versus boxing legend James “Lights Out” Toney. I had to admit, as a boxing fan, this fight was very interesting to me. But I had serious doubts that Toney would be able/allowed to through even one “big shot” in this match… and I was right. Randy wasted no time in teaching Toney what mixed martial arts are all about. After mounting and slowly side-constricting Toney since the opening seconds of round one, Randy inched in an arm choke that left Toney stretching out for referee intervention. Sad, but we all know it was coming. Hopefully no one lost too much money on this fight! Randy by arm-triangle choke at 3:19 of Round 1.
What would have been much more exciting would be James Toney vs. Kimbo Slice. What says everyone out there?
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