Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 12:09 pm
UFC 118 in Boston had its share of ups and downs. Frankie Edgar silenced the critics by methodically chipping away at B.J. Penn for five rounds. Penn showed that he may be getting older and slowing down a bit. Randy Couture carried the sport of MMA on his back as he easily submitted Heavyweight Boxing Champion James Toney. And most surprisingly, Kenny Florian did more standing around than fighting in front of his hometown crowd. Here is what's next for the participants of UFC 118.
Lightweight Championship: Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn
What Happened: Edgar's speed was just too much for Penn as he helped himself to a unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) to retain the UFC Lightweight strap.
What's Next For Edgar: Gray Maynard
What's Next For Penn: If Penn stays at lightweight, a re-match with Florian may be in order. It may make sense for Penn to move up to the welterweight division.
Randy Couture vs. James Toney
What Happened: Couture showed Toney what MMA is all about by submitting Toney (arm-triangle choke) at 3:19 of Round 1. Boxing is a great skill to possess in MMA, but there are many other tools needed to be successful in the octagon.
What's Next For Couture: Most likely he will move back to light heavyweight. Some interesting match-ups could be against Forrest Griffin, Jon Jones or the loser of Rampage vs. Machida.
Next For Toney: It's "Lights Out" for James Toney. One and done!
Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard
What Happened: A lot of sizing each other up (Kimbo Slice vs. Houston Alexander comes to mind) until Maynard went straight to his wrestling roots to take a unanimous decision win (30-27, 30-27, 29-28). Florian had a few nice submission attempts in the third round, but he may have let the hometown crowd get into his head.
Next For Maynard: A possible tough sell bout between him and Frankie Edgar for the lightweight belt.
Next For Florian: A re-match with B.J. Penn or maybe the winner of Dunham vs. Sherk.
Carl Edward Jr.'s return to Chicago didn't last long.
Three days -- and one appearance -- after being called up from Triple-A, Edwards is reportedly headed back to Iowa:
His lone appearance over the weekend came in the last inning of Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Padres, facing four batters before getting the last out. He allowed one earned run on one hit, but both walked and hit a batter; the two runners he inherited would score as well.
It's been a rough season for righty, who's spent much of the year on the IL or in Iowa. Back in early June, he was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left thoracic strain. When healthy, he's pitched 15.1 innings to the tune of a 5.87 ERA and 1.11 WHIP.
Up in his place is Rowan Wick, who himself has seen time in both Chicago and Iowa this season. Wick's latest stretch in Triple-A has been lights out:
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School: Providence Catholic
Head coach: Mark Coglianese
Assistant coaches: Mike Hryn (D-Coordinator), Matt Hunniford O-Coordinator)
How they fared in 2018: 5-5 (1-3 CCL Blue Conference). Providence made the Class 6A state playoff field and lost to Washington in first round action.
2019 regular season schedule:
Aug. 30 @ Willowbrook
Sept. 6 vs Morgan Park
Sept. 13 @ Brother Rice
Sept. 20 vs Niles Notre Dame
Sept. 27 vs Carmel
Oct. 4 vs St. Rita
Oct. 11 @ DePaul Prep
Oct. 18 vs St Laurence
Oct. 25 @ Montini Catholic
[MORE: 68 Days to Kickoff - St. Laurence]
Biggest storyline: Feeling green. How will the Celtics fare in the new CCL/ESCC Green conference in 2019?
Names to watch this season: OL Jake Renfro (Senior, Cincinnati) and TE Jameson Geers (Junior)
Biggest holes to fill: The Celtics played several underclassmen in 2018 and welcome back 16 starters (nine offense, seven defense); that said, overall numbers and depth can always be better.
EDGY's Early Take: The Celtics suffered through various injuries last season and found themselves playing several underclassmen. Coule that pay off come August? Look for the Celtics to challenge for the CCL/ESCC Green title. Keep an eye on the Providence offense, which features four starters on the offensive line. The overall group is stacked in the skills department and they boast an experienced backfield. The opener against Willowbrook should be one of the more-interesting games in the state, as Willowbrook is coming off a 7A quarterfinal appearance.