(Is that Toney’s heart on his sleeve or his swollen tongue?)
I’m not a fan of 90% of MMA clothing. Somehow seeing fat accountants and skinny computer programmers wearing t-shirts covered in skulls, chains and dragons at sports bars on fight nights jaded me I guess. Tapout has become the new Vuarnet or No Fear.
I own a handful of promotions’ shirts as well as a few less gaudy brands, but most of them I was given or won in contests.
What gets me is that there are fans who will wear just about anything if it says MMA on it, regardless of how terrible the clothing is.
Case in point, you can bet a large number of those in attendance at UFC 118 will be wearing the ridiculous James Toney signature shirt above by Twistd Apparel.
Not only does it look like it was airbrushed by the amusement park vendor who normally hawks Tupac shirts to middle class white kids, it doesn’t even depict what Toney will actually look like come fight night since the artist used a terribly Photoshopped promotional pic from the UFC.
Below on the left is the laughable, obviously altered photo and on the right is a new photo of Toney that was put up on the UFC’s website a couple of weeks ago.
We’ve taken the liberty of making a more accurate version of the shirt for James’ Octagon debut against Randy Couture that most of us would wear:
(Now that’s a "Lights Out" shirt we can get behind)