James Toney has an important fight at UFC 118 on Saturday night, as “Lights Out” is set to make his MMA debut against Randy Couture inside TD Garden in Boston.
The boxing champion has a lot of detractors heading into the highly anticipated bout, but all that has done is motivate him to become the best fighter he can.
“I’m much more hungry because everybody said I can’t do this, MMA is different. I’ll tell you something, ain’t nothing different when you get in the ropes or they close the cage, because I’m a different kind of animal. I adapt to my atmosphere,” Toney said during this week’s pre-fight press conference.
If there’s one thing he knows how to do, it’s fight.
“I’m a warrior, I’m a fighter. I have 85 professional fights. I’ve been doing this for 23 years. I’ve become icon status, not legend. When that bell rings and the cage closes, I’ll be there. I’ll be there, I ain’t going nowhere. I’ll be ready,” a confident Toney continued.
Many people have questioned Toney’s claims about being able to knockout any fighter in the UFC, but that’s probably just his ego talking. He understands he’s entering a completely different world and that’s why he’s done what he felt was necessary to compete with a legend like Couture.
“This MMA thing is great, I love it. You know when I started nine months ago, it kicked my butt and all that,” Toney admitted. “But after I got into it and got around some great people, I started adjusting. Making all the necessary adjustments for the last seven or eight weeks and I’m ready to go.
“I do it big in boxing and I do it big in MMA. If you’re the best, that’s what you do. My name ain’t [Floyd] Mayweather or [Wladimir] Klitschko, I fight the best.”