UFC Working On James Toney vs. Randy Couture Bout For UFC 118

Written by Tim Ngo
April 22nd, 2010

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Just hours after it was announced Kenny Florian would take on Gray Maynard at UFC 118 in August, multiple outlets have confirmed the UFC is considering having a superfight between Randy Couture and former boxer James Toney added to the card as well.

Both Fighters Only and MMAJunkie reported that Couture would likely be competing in the UFC’s first event in Boston, Massachusetts, with Junkie having the former two-division champion welcoming Toney into the violent sport of MMA.

Soon after Toney’s UFC signing was reported, it was Couture who immediately threw his name into the mix of potential opponents for the former boxing champion.

It’s unclear as to where on the rumored August 28th card a potential Couture vs. Toney bout would appear, as the UFC has yet to formally announce the rumored lightweight title rematch between champ Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn.

If Edgar vs. Penn II takes place at UFC 118, then the Couture vs. Toney bout would be bumped to the co-main event slot. However, it’s also possible for Toney’s debut to be the night’s featured attraction if the UFC decides to hold off on the 155-pound championship bout.

Much has been made of UFC president Dana White’s long awaited homecoming, and his desires to make sure UFC 118 at the TD Garden in Boston is a blockbuster event. If that’s the case, it’s likely both proposed scraps will be showcased on the same card.

It’s also uncertain what division the legend vs. legend fight will take place. Couture has a proven championship track record in both weight classes, however it’s likely Toney would prefer a heavyweight clash  – despite his claims that he would have no problem cutting weight to make 205 pounds.

Here’s how a tentative UFC 118 card in Boston currently shapes up:

Joe Lauzon vs. TBD
Gray Maynard vs. Kenny Florian
James Toney vs. Randy Couture
BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Championship)

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