The champion is seldom such a big underdog, but in a rematch where a UFC legend was upset last time out, you can sometimes find such value. That's the story in Boston, which has been waiting for the UFC to come to town for a long time. BJ Penn tries to recapture the lightweight belt he lost to Frankie Edgar and most bettors feel he will do so. Penn's legacy as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all-time will be on the line. At 15-6-1, he will try to regain the title from Edgar, who comes in at 12-1.
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Also on the card is an exciting fight between MMA legend Randy Couture (18-10-0) and boxing icon James Toney (0-0-0 MMA), (72-6-3 Boxing). The rest of the PPV card will showcase Damian Maia (11-2-0) vs. Mario Miranda (10-1-0), local boy Kenny Florian (13-4-0) vs. Gray Maynard (9-0-0), and Marcus Davis (16-6-0) vs. Nate Diaz (11-5-0). For Penn there will be more than just the UFC Lightweight Championship on the line at TD Garden on Saturday night. Few fighters in the history of the sport have been blessed with as much natural talent as Penn, and he’s always been considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in MMA. However, a lackluster approach to a good portion of his career has put his legacy in doubt, and the loss to Edgar in Abu Dhabi only intensified that notion.
Now he must regain his title if he is to become the MMA immortal that everyone knows he should be. Penn will be a motivated -350 favorite in the rematch, and it's ill-advised to bet against him. "When I first started fighting I thought I was God's gift to fighting ... I thought I would go 100-0 with 100 knockouts. I look at my record and I can't believe that I have six losses. It just blows me away." – Penn. Edgar shocked the MMA world with a decision win over Penn last April. He did it by moving and evading the champion for five rounds, then once he frustrated Penn enough he was able to score a few key takedowns that were enough for him to secure the belt. He will need to do the same thing again in Boston, likely against a much more aggressive Penn this time. The champion will pay +250 at if he can keep his title and put a big nail in the coffin of Penn’s legacy. As MMA continues to evolve, the question of MMA vs. Boxing has continued to grow in the minds of fight fans. The first chapter of that story will unfold when Toney steps into the Octagon for the first time against one of the best MMA fighters of all time, Couture. Most experts expect Couture to turn this fight into a ground battle early on and control Toney with wrestling and ground-and-pound tactics. “The Natural” is a heavy -650 favorite over a one-dimensional Toney, who will have little more than a puncher’s chance in the Octagon. If Toney can manage to catch Couture with a big shot and gain the upset he will pay a hefty +425.