Friday, Aug. 27, 2010 | 1:56 p.m.
BOSTON — All 20 fighters set to compete at Saturday's UFC 118 event came in on-weight during Friday's official weigh-in at the Boston TD Garden.
One of them did so for the first time.
Former world champion boxer James Toney weighed-in at 237 pounds for his heavyweight fight against Randy Couture, which will be the first mixed-martial-arts fight of Toney's career.
While Toney was welcomed to the stage by a chorus of boos, Couture received a very warm welcome from the Boston crowd, which he met with a smile.
"Who wouldn't be happy hanging out in Boston?" said Couture, who weighed in at 220. "(Saturday) is going to be a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to welcoming James Toney to mixed martial arts."
Defending lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and top contender B.J. Penn both came in a 154 pounds for a rematch of their April title fight.
Neither fighter had much to say in their last big opportunity to speak before the fight.
"I'm excited," Edgar said. "Boston is a great fight town. I'm looking forward to it."
As expected, fighters with Boston ties received the biggest reactions from the crowd.
Lightweight Kenny Florian played to the crowd by wearing an old fashioned Larry Bird Celtics jersey to the stage.
In one of the lighter moments of the weigh-in, Gabe Ruediger presented a present to Joe Lauzon after the two made weight.
As Lauzon came off the scale, Ruediger handed him a white box with a cake inside that read, "Sorry for you loss." The two were teammates during the fifth season of the reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter."
Frankie Edgar (154) vs. B.J. Penn (154)
Randy Couture (220) vs. James Toney (237)
Demian Maia (184) vs. Mario Miranda (185)
Kenny Florian (156) vs. Gray Maynard (156)
Nate Diaz (171) vs. Marcus Davis (170)
Joe Lauzon (156) vs. Gabe Ruediger (155)
Andre Winner (154) vs. Nik Lentz (155)
Dan Miller (185) vs. John Salter (185)
Nick Osipczak (171) vs. Greg Soto (170)
Mike Pierce (171) vs. Amilcar Alves (171)