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There must be something in the water in Boston that’s making the fighters turn on Ariel Helwani. First BJ Penn questioned the MMA Fighting reporter about whether or not he liked him and now we have James Toney wrestling the microphone from Helwani after asking him if he dislikes boxing and calling him a clown.
"This guy’s a clown right here…Give me the goddamn mic….Give it to me," Toney said as he struggled to pry the microphone from Helwani’s hands.
When he finally did get the mic from Helwani, Lights Out tried to sign off from the interview.
"This is James Toney Reporting for this goddamn station, whatever it is," Toney deadpanned. "I’m outta here."
After handing it back to Ariel, Toney snapped again when asked about the comments he made a few weeks ago about knocking out UFC president Dana White.
"See, there you go again. You go ask Dana White that shit," Toney said before walking away and ending the interview for good.
In Ariel’s defense, Toney was equally uncomplimentary about Randy Couture, David Haye and Bernard Hopkins..
When asked if he was anxious to get his fight with Couture over with, Toney replied in typical form.
"I’m anxious. I wish we could it right now, but you know, I gotta wait — be professional about it. Everybody keep sayin, ‘MMA…what you gonna do?…wrestle this. Randy’s the guy. Randy’s this. Randy’s that. Man, fuck Randy," James said, obviously a bit irritated. "James Toney. James Toney. My conditioning is way more than his. Gimme respect. If you won’t respect me, I’m gonna take it."
Toney was equally as brusque when responding to the opinions of Haye and Hopkins that he’s in over his head with this fight.
"I’m a soldier, man. I roll by myself every time. It don’t matter to me. These guys are clowns. David Gay. He pretendin’ to be a fighter and Bernard Hopkins, man, you need to go get yo’ teeth fixed. I’ll lend you one of these damn diamonds so you can replace that shit in your motherfuckin’ mouth. I’m not worried about them dudes," Toney assured Helwani. "They can come fight me. Come see me. If you got a problem with me, come and see me. Like I tell everybody else, ‘If you got a problem with James Toney, all you gotta do is come see me. I ain’t got a problem with knockin’ nobody out. I don’t care when or where as long as you pay me."
Those diamonds don’t pay for themselves, son.