James Toney Signs Multi-Fight Deal to Join UFC

Written by Tom Ngo
March 3rd, 2010

After months of speculation, it has been confirmed that boxing legend James Tony has finally inked a deal to fight for the UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization.

FiveOuncesofPain.com was the first to break the news Wednesday afternoon, however UFC president Dana White has since confirmed their latest signing with MMAFighting’s MikeChiappetta.

Toney made his best “Dog the Bounty Hunter” impersonation at UFC 108 when he tracked down White to convince him that he should be allowed into his Octagon. Here’s the sweet behind the scenes, impromptu interview that took place between White and Team Toney:

As far as boxing goes, Toney’s resume speaks for itself as he became the IBF middleweight champ in May of 1991, but vacated the strap to capture the IBF super middleweight championship in February 1993. He held that title until November 1994 when Roy Jones Jr. handed him his first pro blemish.

Toney won the IBF cruiserweight crown in April 2003, however vacated that title to move up to the heavyweight division. He was last seen taking a 2ndRound TKO over Matthew Greer this past September.

“Lights Out” owns a dominant 72-6 professional boxing record, including 3 draws and 2 no-contests. James has finished in 44 out of his 72 wins.

No word on when Toney will make his MMA debut, however it’s likely to be at heavyweight.

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