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James Toney Coming To The UFC?

james toneyThere looks like there may be a chance that we may have a respected boxing champion entering the Octagon a little sooner than many had previously expected.

James “Lights Out” Toney is flat out one of the most gifted fighters ever to walk the planet earth, and even that may be an understatement.

Toney is among five men in the history of the world that can lay legit claim to being a sextuple champion. Sextuple, you ask? No, Toney has never been involved in the porn business, but to the contrary, the business of hurting feelings and smashing faces. A sextuple champion is someone that has somehow managed to earn a title in SIX separate weight classes. This is what James Toney has done in boxing. He has earned championships in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, cruiserweight, super cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions.

The man sports a boxing record of seventy-two victories, only six defeats, three draws and two no contest rulings. Flat out the man can scrap, and scrap well. Tony possesses the type of raw, unteachable talent in boxing that Fedor Emelianenko does in MMA. If mixed martial arts had been around fifteen or twenty years ago, and flourishing like it is now, who knows what direction the path of a natural born fighter like “Lights Out” may have taken.

But there is no time machine, and the fact of the matter is that Toney is just as dangerous a fighter as he ever was at forty-one years of age. Something tells me that James will be able to kick about 99.9% of the populations ass until he dies. A seventy year old James Toney will still be a man not to be taken lightly. A seventy year old Toney would still require at least a four week training camp for most fighters.

The reason for the lengthy bio is due to the fact that this man that I remember as a child shocking the world by beating Michael Nunn to a pulp is one professional boxer with serious clout that has been more than gracious to this beautifully violent sport we have come to understand and love, mixed martial arts.

In a past conversation with with BallerStatus.com, Toney had this to say:

[Boxing's] gone downhill because look at the fighters we got…Everybody is scared to fight each other. That’s the main reason why people are going from boxing to MMA, because MMA is putting on the fights that everybody wanna see … My daddy was one of them MMA guys. I love it. I like watching it. They putting on the best shows. That’s why the boxing people get mad because they getting all the fans. They’re giving the fans all the good matches, which should be done in boxing. I watch it, but they can’t mess with me … I like [Quinton] Rampage [Jackson]. I like watching … not Brock Lesnar. He’s phony. Fedor Emelianenko, he aight. Georges St. Pierre.

“I watch it, but they can’t mess with me”, said Toney, and you better believe that Toney means what he says. He doesn’t feel like he can be touched, and unlike other boxers such as “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, something tells me Toney’s a fighter first, and a talker second; Although he does both much better than most

When asked his thoughts on UFC President Dana White‘s comments to the affect of having an extreme desire to throw a high level boxer into the Octagon to essentially make a point out of them, never at a loss for words, Toney had this to say in a recent interview with FightHype:

Aw shit, tell Dana White he can suck my dick. That’s why he calls out them bum ass fighters. He called out Roy Jones and Floyd Mayweather, but they ain’t calling James Toney out because they don’t want to see me. They have the same excuse that I am old, fat and short. Well, come and see me then because it should be easy for them.

It don’t matter man. Everybody thinks that I couldn’t fight in a cage. I got one of the baddest motherfuckers in the world in my corner, man. “Pops” is one of the original cage fighting masters when he was fighting over there in Indonesia and won. I know all of the shit that they think I don’t know. Dana White is a frustrated fighter because he used to be a boxer back in Boston and was getting knocked out every week, so he had to quit.

Even more recently FightHype has reported that Toney is currently in Memphis, Tennessee on a hunt for none other than Dana White himself, perhaps in an effort to talk the UFC President into giving him a chance inside the cage. Or should I say hopefully.

Heightening the drama surrounding Toney and his public interest in giving mixed martial arts a shot if the dollars make sense was Dana White himself, who recently had this to say via his Twitter account:

I just heard james toney is in memphis looking for me. Where are you james!!!!????

To be continued…..

25 COMMENTS
  • Bad Monkey says:

    C’mon man, why all the hype? It’s all b.s. until a contract is signed, then Toney gets in the cage, gets taken down and GNP’d or submitted in about 30 seconds. Unless he fights Houston Alexander, then they just dance around each other for three rounds.

    A great boxer does not an MMA fighter make, the end.

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  • fetussandwich says:

    Bad Monkey: .A great boxer does not an MMA fighter make, the end.

    Tell that to Tim Sylvia.

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  • sides666 says:

    well i have to say if toney could still make middle weight a fight with anderson silva would be sweet he has wanted a boxing match for a while and that would be a sight to see

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  • qat says:

    sides666:
    well i have to say if toney could still make middle weighta fight with anderson silva would be sweet he has wanted a boxing match for a while and that would be a sight to see

    do you really want to ‘waste’ an anderson silva fight like that? by feeding him a debutant? no disrespect to james toney, but when silva fights, i want him to fight big fights.
    but i wouldnt mind seeing toney in a cage, could be exciting. even though my guess is that he probably needs some cash. ~.~

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  • Rich S. says:

    I’m ALL FOR bringing James Toney into the UFC.. I think there’s plenty of matches he could win..
    Where he lacks a ground game, he surpasses all other mixed martial artists in punching power and prowess..

    There’s plenty of one-dimensional strikers in the UFC right now, why not have one that’s actually a legendary boxer?

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    hey if brock can get in with an wrestling backgound and WWE, why not a Sextuple world boxing champion who has a creditable back ground in some kind of fighting style????

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  • toynut says:

    Raw natural fighting talent goes a long way,
    You never know what he could do with the right training,
    But unfortunately for him, the clock is running out….

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  • Pajamashark says:

    I’m just glad someone like this was brought to my attention! Champion in six weightclasses- holy crap!

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Signing James Toney would be the exact thing Dana White craps all over other MMA promotions for doing.

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  • Dufresne says:

    moosebaby02: hey if brock can get in with an wrestling backgound and WWE, why not a Sextuple world boxing champion who has a creditable back ground in some kind of fighting style????

    Because Brock was only 30 when he had his first MMA bout and Toney is 41.

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  • dpk says:

    James Toney v Kimbo Slice????

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  • atreezy says:

    Mir will definately be making fun of this man’s English skills

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  • FightFan313 says:

    If he gets a straight shot in the UFC i will BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A 41 year old boxer is not what the UFC needs. I hate this I hate this I hate this! Mercer had a punchers chance against a Sivlia that probably took the 48 year old man lightly. I have just turned into a little kid crying belly down kicking my feet. There is not one part of me that wants to see this happen.

    No Disrespect to Tony but when he gets a Champion caliber fighter in front of him that can throw legs kicks and take him down he will re think what he said about saying “they can’t mess with me”
    The guy is a great boxer but wow. .. MMA. Tony ..get a grip.

    Put on the Ultimate fighter and I’ll watch.

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  • FightFan313 says:

    I only said Champion Caliber fighter because that is what tony is. I think Cain Velasques could take him out. Machida, Shogun, Rampage and many others from 205 and from the 185 and heavy weight. I could even list some in the Welterweight class. BJ Penn would give Tony a Run if not get submitted. Joke. Stay home Tony. Stay Home.

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  • FightFan313 says:

    I looked up James tony and he has tested positive twice for steroids and has the nerve to call Brock Lesnar a phony. We know how Brock Feels about the Steroids. Fuck it , Bring him in against a healthy Brock First. James Tony.. what a Joke. He got beat by Jones in 94 and now talks trash on Jones. [deleted]

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  • Guthookd says:

    It’s too bad his age is such a big factor in this whole idea. He is an accomplished boxer that most likely could have had an impressive career in MMA, but at this point I would be very surprised if his ground skills could ever be developed to a level where he could handle a very talented wrestler or BJJ practitioner.

    That said, if they gave him some striking opponents it might be interesting, but I still think it would prove very little in the way of a pure stylist vs. an MMA fighter in the upper divisions.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    He could fight Kimbo for the “most hyped bad fighter to enter the octagon” title. Get him to fight Houston and the tell every 1 that because he won he belongs in the UFC.
    I think that top MMA fighters should be in top MMA orgs. I know it sounds crazy, I mean I think you should earn your way to the olympics too. Naaa maybe they should just have a whole heap of popular people in the olympics at the cost of leaving those that have earned it. Yeah go UFC and co ruin MMA and the fans will thank you for it. Just as long as the $$$$$ keep on coming in.

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  • buzzcramp says:

    Come on, let’s get real…James’s boxing career is now well over.. as is his weight. There’s would be nothing to gain by putting him into the cage, except to embarrass everyone involved.

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  • fraz says:

    A boxer that thinks he’s still “got it”? Very surprising news.
    Usually boxers are so humble and so realistic about their declining skills and athleticism.

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  • Nick Havok says:

    ROTGLMAO! He just called Brock Lesnar a phony.

    Chalk me up as a James Toney fan now…that was great!

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  • roshambo says:

    I can’t say I’m a big boxing fan and I don’t know much about his fights but anyone who was won a title in 6 different weight classes has obviously done something right. He is obviously older but if He can still throw bombs, who knows, it could make for some exciting fights. I don’t think he would ever make Champion material but he could be a good draw with some fighters and might drag some of the boxing community over into MMA and help grow the sport. Worst case the guy blows and they cut him like they cut all the other guys that sucks.

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  • FightFan313 says:

    MMA-LOGIC: He could fight Kimbo for the “most hyped bad fighter to enter the octagon” title. Get him to fight Houston and the tell every 1 that because he won he belongs in the UFC.

    I would watch that on Spike or Versus.

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  • keyboardwarrior says:

    wonder how he will handle the leg kicks?

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