An estimated 1000 people were on hand at the TD Garden Friday afternoon to catch the UFC's latest episode of Shorts and Scales.
Everyone made weight and we got some indications of what the crowd will respond to Saturday night.
Here are the results and some notes:
Before the event began at approximately 4:05 pm EST, they aired a hype video but it wasn't for the Penn/Edgar fight but rather Couture/Toney. Is there any doubt what is selling this event?
Mike Pierce (171) vs. Amilcar Alves (171)
Alves had to take off his shorts and use the towel. Pierce looked drawn out.
Nick Osipczak (171) vs. Greg Soto (170)
Soto was cut, while Osipczak looked a bit thin.
Dan Miller (185) vs. John Salter (185)
Miller got a polite ovation here.
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Andre Winner (154) vs. Nik Lentz (155)
Winner looks in great shape. Lentz looks like, well, "The Carnie."
Joe Lauzon (156) vs. Gabe Ruediger (155)
Local boy Lauzon got a nice ovation, but it was Ruediger who really got over by presenting Lauzon with a cake that said, "Sorry for your loss."
Mario Miranda (185)) vs. Demian Maia (184)
Maia got a nice cheer, probably just due to recognition.
Nate Diaz (171) vs. Marcus Davis (170)
Props to Joe Rogan for recognizing Davis as being from the "great state of Maine". Diaz was flanked by brother Nick. Davis got a good pop as Boston is a big-time Irish city. Don't believe it? Walk around downtown and try not to run into a bar or pub.
Kenny Florian (156) vs. Gray Maynard (156)
Maynard was only slightly booed, while local kid Florian was loudly cheered but not as much as I expected. K-Flo came in with a Larry bird jersey.
Randy Couture (220) vs. James Toney (237)
Roundly booed, Toney looked in better shape than on the UFC Countdown show but not in cut condition. Couture might be the most popular guy in Boston tonight not named Ortiz, Brady or Bobby Orr. He got on the scales in jeans, while Toney showed off his butt crack with a smile.
Videos of both can be found in this story.
Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar (154) vs. BJ Penn (154)
Both guys were very intense. Penn got a huge ovation and played it up. Edgar was heavily booed. Like ridiculously booed.
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Josh Nason is a New England-based freelance MMA journalist that is covering UFC 118 for Bleacher Report all week long in Boston- including live blogging the event itself live. Follow him on Twitter, will ya?