Although James Toney is one of the best to ever lace up a pair of boxing gloves, the 41-year-old isn’t getting much respect in the mixed martial arts arena. Then again, why should someone that’s never set foot inside an MMA cage and is meeting the sport’s most beloved athlete in Randy Couture get any love?
Oh yeah, did we also forget to mention Toney brought along his confident/borderline cocky boxing bravado to the Octagon with him?
“The reason why I’m doing this is because everybody is fighting in the UFC and everybody is scared to fight me in the heavyweight division,” Toney told WNST in Baltimore. “I have to come where the action is. I’m coming in to break some jaws, break some necks and everything else.”
Despite the staggering advantage Couture holds in the experience department, the boxer claims the transition to his new occupation has been a smooth one.
“I’m very comfortable on my back. I’ll be ready for anything. Once you’re a natural athlete you can adapt. Anything is possible,” Toney said. “If Randy wants to go to the floor, we can go to the floor, but it won’t be long. If it is a long time, because of that he’s going to get knocked out.”
The Gambling Gods have dubbed the MMA rookie a 3.5-to-1 underdog, while Couture checks in at -600. Toney suggests the powers that be should ask somebody because they apparently don’t know about his explosive hands.
“You talk about Anderson Silva as the best striker in the division, I’m best the striker in the MMA. Period,” Toney emphatically stated. “I’m gonna show everybody how to punch for real. I’ve been in there with the best fighters in the world. Period.
“Whatever it comes down to it, when Randy Couture sees me ready to shoot that right hand up to … I’m telling you he’s not even gonna see it coming, it’s gonna be over and he’s gonna be on his way to the hospital.”
The two will collide at “UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn II” inside the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on August 28th. Period.