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Pot, Meet Kettle: Butterbean Calls James Toney a ‘Circus Act’

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Since he lives in one of the biggest glass houses in mixed martial arts, former Toughman competitor, World Wrestling Federation guest performer, YAMMA Pitfighter and Oxblood Oxheart doppelganger Eric “Butterbean” Esch may want to think twice about tossing proverbial stones at other fighters in the sport like he has at fellow boxer-turned-mixed martial artist James Toney.

In a recent interview with 8countnews, Esch, who is promoting his Moosin: Gods of Martial Arts show May 21 in Worcester, MA calls the former IBF middleweight, super middleweight and cruiserweight champion and current NABO and IBA heavyweight champion a “circus act.” Considering that the main event of his ridiculously named show will feature 6-foot-8-inch former UFC heavyweight champion and custom chopper enthusiast Tim Sylvia versus “World’s Strongest Man” Mariusz Pudzianowski, and that Esche’s photo appears in the dictionary under the definition of “freak show,” his comments are humorously paradoxical.

Sure, Toney may face the same fate as other one-dimensional pugilists who have tried their hands and fists in the cage such as Art Jimmerson and Kimbo Slice if his fights hit the floor, but the fact is, even at 41, “Lights Out” will be the most skilled and decorated boxer to cross over into the sport. That reality alone gives him more than a typical “puncher’s chance” at making a successful run in the UFC and gives him a pass at being lumped in with the likes of Esch, Hong Man Choi, Giant Silva and Jose Canseco.

The impetus behind Butterbean’s ironic statement was likely the fact that, according to Esch, Toney broke a gentleman’s agreement the pair had that would have seen him make his MMA debut at the May 21 event. Thank Zeus, or whoever the “Gods of Martial Arts” are that Esche was able to salvage the card after Toney packed his circus tent and set up shop under the big top of the UFC.

Squaring off against 46-year-old retired hockey player, Canadian radio host and MMA virgin Lyndon Byers, Esch will undoubtedly prove that Moosin (mis-)match maker Monte Cox has a bright future setting up bouts in Japan.

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LET IT RAIN- April 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm
Roger pot, this is the kettle, over.
Elias- April 7, 2010 at 8:04 am
Butterbean at some point committed his entire career to MMA and has trained hard with real MMA teams (ie. ATT) so he is in two ways an entirely different guy than Toney. Butterbean is no freakshow anymore in MMA, he's just a workman
ccman- April 7, 2010 at 6:43 am
Butterbean vs. Tooney
RD1- Tooney feights left, BB finishes his side of beef, tooney throws a right, BB does the lumberjack tummy hit giggle, tooney gets caught in an orbit after getting hit by a free floating retired soviet satellite. BB10-9
RD2 - BB is late to the call as he tries to get the hotdoog vendors attention, minor distraction just off ring as a ring girl is missing, only evidence left is her round card, tooney mummbles a ghetto version of Mcbeth at BB, BB thinks he is at the drive thru and orders 27 whoppers. 10-10
RD3 - BB washes down whoppers with Tooneys spit bucket and looks tired. Tooney slingshots around the moon armageddon style and lands on BB's back, drills and drops a nuke. bruce willis dies, Liv tyler Cries, Ben Affleck still can't act.
TKO tooney 3:20 rd3
J-Dog- April 7, 2010 at 5:38 am
Doesn't Butterbean know that a "gentleman's agreement" is worth the paper it's written on? Bah!
MF Joel- April 7, 2010 at 1:52 am
I think we're all forgetting that Butterbean has at least one win by submission (kimura) on his record, which is one more than I expect Toney to ever manage.
mothercruncher- April 7, 2010 at 1:39 am
Am I alone in secretly loving the old mma mismatch?

I miss some scrawny Brazilian dude fighting a freakish goliath and pulling off the surprise win. It's all so, what's the word, REASONABLE these days :(
Mr_Misanthropy- April 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm
I invoke thee mighty triangular, protector of the inverted triangle. I wonder if you will be able to enjoy Kimchi hotDOG during the main event grapplings of Tom Silva and Mary S. Pudyankski at this fantastically multi-cultural undertaking of the vaunted Mr. Esch? You would hope that he will endeavor to ensure the valued spectator receives a truly immortal impression of such an outstanding event. I am curious to see if they will limit Mary S.'s penchant for lathering up with the ol' baby oil as he's used to in WSM championship fighting. P.S.- make sure you order a side of perogies with your dog and kimchi-
jimbonics- April 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm
please please please set up a fight picker for this event. please.
ghostboner- April 6, 2010 at 8:18 pm
CP, do keep us posted on the outcome of the Sylvia vs Pud fight. I can't lie, I am dying to see the outcome on that one. I'm also kind of hoping that at some point James Toney has to fight Lesnar. I loves me a good freakshow.
BuckWild- April 6, 2010 at 7:27 pm
That man should never eat any kind of bean! Can you imagine him farting ?

Wasn't that an awkward interview ?
Komodo- April 6, 2010 at 6:03 pm
I like Butterbean, he gave Johnny Knoxville what he wanted... a dented skull.
peckawoodd- April 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm
I hope they throw Toney in against Lesnar and by some God-given miracle he lands a punch and knocks the big man out. Imagine the fallout. The post-fight interview would be unprecedented.
CheckHisPee- April 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm
Imo The Bean's multitasking, promoting his next event and stirring the pot with Toney for a potential future matchup (mma or boxing).
fatbellyfrank- April 6, 2010 at 4:18 pm
Jesu Freakin Christ, How can Butterbean call anyone a freakshow? and he's now organising MMA events? Evan Tanner is spinning in his grave as we speak
El Guapo- April 6, 2010 at 3:57 pm
"I'll show you a kwyjibo! Grrrrrrr"
Plan B- April 6, 2010 at 3:51 pm
@El Guapo


Also known as a "Kwyjibo". A big, dumb, balding, North
American ape with no chin...
cecils_pupils- April 6, 2010 at 3:46 pm
^^^yes. It's a lima bean - just another way of saying it. This man don't eat lima beans - he eats entire pigs in one sitting.
El Guapo- April 6, 2010 at 3:35 pm
What the hell is a butterbean anyway? I know it's a stupid question, but I'm serious. Is it a type of bean, like a lima bean or fava bean or a dirty mexican jumping bean or a jelly bean?

Mumbles vs Butters... "When Fat Collides"
UFC is now the best- April 6, 2010 at 3:20 pm
I seriously think that Roy Nelson could beat James Toney. For some reason I would love for that fat man to throw the crucifix on him for his welcome to the UFC. I would also love to see Toney lose to anyone who takes him down and submits him, and I am still waiting for that side check kick.


You guys need to seriously fix the poll on the homepage. When you put someone like James Toney as one of the options for "really" best heavyweights, when I vote, I don’t need something that says "Your vote was recorded." I need a new page with the results of the poll, and a comment section for everyone to explain their reasons, or to make fun of Brock Lesnar.

That is all. I still enjoy CP a lot. Keep it up.
Durden- April 6, 2010 at 3:07 pm
Poor guy doesn't even have the cardio for a conversation.
cecils_pupils- April 6, 2010 at 3:04 pm
A circus act is simply one of many acts in a circus. Whereas a freak show is an entire show of freaks.

Seems to me it's still better to be a circus act.
Joedirt- April 6, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Butterbean was a sideshow in boxing. Even though I don't think Toney will make a good transition into MMA, who the hell is Butterbean to question Toney?? At least Toney was legitimate in ONE sport.
Get Off Me- April 6, 2010 at 2:58 pm
That's the pot calling the kettle black Mr. Butterbean.

Chris Lytle must be pissed that he's not the only "lights Out" in the UFC anymore.
Toney probably had it first, but to me it's Chris Lytle's inside the octagon.
KidDinomite- April 6, 2010 at 2:47 pm
That dude is FAT!!!!
KingZipperhed- April 6, 2010 at 2:34 pm
is butterbean ok?