(You don’t interview James Toney. You merely hold a mic near his face and wait for something confusing and almost terrible to happen.)
It’s been a little over a week since we’ve heard any rumblings from James Toney about his desire to fight in the UFC. Maybe that means he’s changed his mind and will instead be bringing his formidable side check kick skills to K-1? Not so fast. Toney seems to be staying focused on his goals, and recently he told FightHype.com that he knows he can do well in MMA because he once sparred with Andrei Arlovski and, at least to hear Toney tell it, things didn’t go well for our Belarussian friend:
"I sparred with Arlovski before. It was ugly. They had to pull me off of him. They didn’t want to let that go on too long."
This quote doesn’t tell us whether they sparred in boxing or MMA, but we’re going to go ahead and say that it probably wasn’t Toney’s head kicks that floored Arlovski, if you catch our drift. Arlovski has been looking into a boxing career for some time now, but maybe a beating from Toney made him rethink that. Of course, maybe it also made Toney start thinking about an MMA career. ‘Cause hey, Arlovski used to be a UFC champ. If Toney can beat him up, he can beat up anyone. Isn’t that right, Brett Rogers?