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Don’t let the on-air smile and half-hearted chuckle fool you, UFC president Dana White doesn’t really think James Toney’s remarks about wanting to knock him out the next time he sees him are cute or endearing.
If you didn’t happen to catch the segment above broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet on the weekend with the luxury of subtitles, here’s what Toney said about Dana in an interview he did with BJPenn.com last week.
"If he don’t like me, FUCK HIM! But you know what? After the fight if he gonna run his mouth at me like a little kid, I’m gonna knock his ass out too right after the fight. He gettin’ it. Dana White, your ass gettin’ it. I ain’t playin’ wit ‘chu. I might get you at the weigh-ins if you get in my face," Toney explained. "I ain’t playin’ wit ‘chu man. This is serious. You ran your mouth at the wrong dude. I’m not Rashad Evans. I’m not Quinton Jackson. I’m not gonna kiss yo’ ass; I’m gonna beat yo’ ass. You can’t talk to me like I’m a bitch. I’m gonna show you."
Taking a "we’ll fucking see" approach, White explained that the reason why he stacked the rest of the card at UFC 118 is he doesn’t expect Randy to take very long to finish "Lights Out" and that he didn’t want fans walking away disappointed by the semi-main event. Oh, snap!
"That’s my boy. That’s how he got himself in this mess. He doesn’t need to worry about me. What he needs to worry about is Randy Couture. James Toney chased me around talking a huge amount of smack about the UFC, about MMA fighters, and obviously about me, and he got himself a fight. Listen, I’ve been in the fight game a long time and I know anything can happen and James Toney is a real guy," White said. "The reason he’s getting this shot [is] he’s a real guy ho’s been one of the best boxers in the world for years. But here’s EXACTLY….If you’re thinking about buying this pay-per-view, I built a huge card around this fight for one reason. Here’s what I expect, "Are you ready? Are you ready? Let’s get it on!" Couture goes in double-legs him, puts him up against the fence and squashes his head, okay? That’s what I’m expecting for this fight."
I wonder how many bosses would take the same approach to being threatened by an employee. Then again, this isn’t an accounting firm we’re talking about here, so I guess it’s like comparing apples to oranges.