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UFC 118 News and Notes: It’s ‘Lights Out’ for James Toney’s UFC Career

(Please princess, let me up!!   photo credit: USA Today)

It appears that the James Toney experiment has gone the way of the Kimbo Slice experiment, as UFC president Dana White announced at the UFC 118 post-fight press conference that the promotion is done with boxer crossover fights.

"It’s been a fun ride with James," White said as if delivering a eulogy about Toney’s dead UFC career. "It’s been very interesting. He’s a nutty guy." 

White pointed out that he didn’t go out looking for the fight, but when it came knocking on his door, he figured, "Why not?" 

"Listen, I didn’t try to sell this thing as, ‘Tune in on Saturday night, and you’re going to see the most spectacular battle and a war…I basically said what I was hoping would happen. Anything can happen in a fight. James Toney picked this fight. We’re not after boxing," White explained. "We’re not trying to attack boxing. I love boxing, and I thought this question was answered back in 1993, but I’ve got to be honest, as we got closer to the fight, my stomach hurt, and I was a little dizzy and I was nervous."

White also dismissed the claims that the fight proved which form of fighting was the superior one.

"A mixed martial artist stepped in there against a boxer, but at the end of the day, it’s a fight and anything can happen in a fight. Couture came out and won and Toney lasted longer than I thought he would, actually. It’s unfair to bring a guy in with one discipline, no matter if he’s trained for eight or nine months," he said. "I wasn’t the guy going out and trying to badmouth boxing and take boxing down and hurt the sport of boxing. James Toney picked a fight, and he got one."

When asked if Toney was one and done in the Octagon, White answered with an emphatic "Yes."

"He’s the IBA and the NABO heavyweight champion. He’s a boxer and that’s what he does. He wanted a fight in the UFC. He picked a fight with our guys and we fought tonight. Listen, he’s a tough guy and he’s been around for a long time. I have a lot of respect for James Toney," White said. "When you come in with one discipline, you can’t expect a guy to come in and have great ground work and all this stuff. You know what? He stepped up. He wanted to do it, and he did it. When this thing started, fans wanted to see it, so I made the fight. No disrespect to boxing and not trying to hurt anyone. He picked a fight and he got one."

"James came out and he was hoping Randy was going to stand up longer then he did. He hung in there. He’s a tough guy. He was on his back for a while. He took some shots from Couture. Couture was trying to arm-triangle him early.
He hung in there longer than I thought he would. I’m sure he was as prepared as he could be," White pointed out. "Anybody that knows James Toney over the past few years knows that James isn’t the most physically fit boxer on the planet, but let me tell you what, when I signed him that day in my office, he’s lost a lot of weight since that day. He took it seriously; he went out there and he gave it a shot."

In other news from the presser, White reiterated his statement that Gray Maynard is next in line for a shot at Frankie Edgar‘s lightweight strap. When asked who he wanted to fight next, Nate Diaz said he wants Maynard again, to which Dana replied with a "WTF?" look on his face, "Uh, that’s not going to happen. We’re not doing that to Gray again," he explained, referring to the delay in Maynard’s title shot he was promised before his lacklustre win over Diaz in January made the UFC reconsider, giving Edgar the shot instead.

White opened the presser by announcing that Zuffa will be opening an office in Asia which will be helmed by the former Senior Vice President and Managing Director of NBA Asia, Mark Fisher. Not only will the new office help the WEC and UFC to enter into the lagging Asian MMA market, White says it will also increase television viewership from five hundred milion to one billion homes worldwide.

Diaz and Marcus Davis each took home $60,000 for Fight of the Night for their three-round battle that saw "The Irish Hand Grenade" choked out cold with less than a minute left. 

Submission of the Night went to Joe Lauzon for his slick armbar tapout of Gabe Ruediger

Since there were no knockouts or TKOs, nobody was awarded Knockout of the Night honors.

This was the UFC’s first show in Massachusetts since state legislators approved MMA in 2009 and by all reports it was a successful debut.

The event generated a $3-million live gate and drew 15,575 attendees, according to White, who released the figures last night.

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cecils_pupils- August 30, 2010 at 11:20 am
James muhfuckin' Toney. You can rightly fuck-off now.
socaball- August 30, 2010 at 11:02 am
Yes, you can laugh but I can guarantee that Couture and anybody else that is a UFC fighter will get his ass kicked over and over if he was only boxing. UFC is boring, how can you like watching a guy on the ground grabbing another guy for most of the fight. Now, that is a fucking joke like you say. Not my cup of tea. I will watch boxing anytime before I watch a UFC fight.
Neilf27- August 30, 2010 at 10:52 am
Love your profile name,
That took guts!
Neilf27- August 30, 2010 at 10:49 am
This Just In: James Toney to be the official spokesman for
Rent A Center!
"You like dis 50" Plasma Screen T.V. ?
Just fiddy bucks down, muthafucker!"
Neilf27- August 30, 2010 at 10:46 am
Neilf27- August 30, 2010 at 10:40 am
The Diaz brothers are two scary dudes!
If they evuh walk into my 7-11, I'm hidding unda the counter!
Neilf27- August 30, 2010 at 10:38 am
WTF? Joe Lauzon absolutely devasted Gabe (Rudy) Ruediger..
The guy didn't know what hit him!
Let em' eat cake!
Neilf27- August 30, 2010 at 10:37 am
Face it..We all love Kenny Florian, but @ the Rodeo he fights more like his alter ego Ben Stiller!
Kenflo, you have to much compassion to still be putting on the gloves!
You had a great run, now stick to broadcasting!
Neilf27- August 30, 2010 at 10:34 am
Perhaps James Toney should have forfeited his purse in favor of a colostomy bag!
CZ- August 30, 2010 at 8:44 am
This card just proves god hates boston. It looked good on paper, but it was no wicked pissah.
LesnarsIntestine- August 30, 2010 at 6:30 am
BS on the submission of the night. i liked the anaconda choke better.
SnallTrippin- August 29, 2010 at 10:59 pm
I would love to get paid a million dollars to get beat less than I have in about any fight I've ever been in, lucky/smart bastard he is..can't fight MMA, but he did get his pay day.
Seoul Brother- August 29, 2010 at 7:10 pm
@TheHuytonHandGrenade: No sir, I suspect that Mush Mouth genuinely believed that he was going to pound Randy into defeat thus showing the world that Boxing was superior to Mixed Martial Arts. Well we all know how that went, eh?

There's a couple ways to look at this:
1) Mush Mouth was bullshittin' and looking to rake in a big fat paycheck (to match his big fat ass) for what he knew was going to be a painful asswhoopin' at the hands of Randy Couture.
2) He was and continues to be a delusional fat fuck who still thinks that he can come back to the Octagon and hang with the best. Shit, he couldn't make Gabe Rudiger tap out.

And there's the wonderful possibility that Toney will piss hot (what a shocker).
RPS13- August 29, 2010 at 6:27 pm
the caption to that picture is fucking perfect
NinjaNerd8- August 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm
You do realize that the American judges scored the fight for Bisping and the British judge scored it for Hammil, right? I mean, you do usually take 20 seconds and use Google before you run your mouth, right?
fightfan- August 29, 2010 at 4:44 pm
Randy is a bad dude and will always be one of my favorites fighters, period. But his time is over. Chuck Liddell coudl still be fighting if he were fighting people like Toney and Coleman, and even Vera. In his last 3 fights, the strongest opponent was Vera and Couture couldnt bring him down at all. For 3 rounds all he could do was force him against the fence and wasnt able to get one takedown. While Vera was able to knock Randy down and almost finish him and Randy won that fight?? That was the UFC PAID judges brought overseas to ref and score that event(a la bisping - Hammil).

If Randy had fought the Shogun, Rashad, Rampage he will get hurt and hurt bad. It is simply the UFC making money on its investment. Randy is probably making a million(with ppv bonuses) you think they arent gonna give him a few easy and winable matches where he will look really good?? He has 2, maybe 3 UFC fight lefts. IF he fights a a top 205'er his age WILL show and then after another loss, then everyone will see that the UFC was just getting and making a lot of money from Couture
Red Baron- August 29, 2010 at 4:41 pm
I read where Toney was paid $750k to $1mm. When you consider he was paid that kind of money for a couple minutes of taking way less beating than you take in a boxing match...who's the dummy?
Mr_Misanthropy- August 29, 2010 at 4:28 pm
DARKHORSE06- August 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm
James Toney looked like a half-sucked milk dud Couture spit into a pile in the corner of the cage.

I had a hard time hating Toney, but only because he didn't speak English...I couldnt understand almost anything he said. I understood "Pris-is" but only because he had a visual aid that cued me to "Princess."

Frankie E has BJs number, and there's nothing BJ can do about it. BJ is a much more exciting fighter and it will be a shame watching GM and FE lay on eachother.

I would prefer to watch Nate Diaz and BJ go at it, but oh well. Those Diaz brothers may be dumb as shit, but at least they're exciting.

I cant remember any of the other fights because the card fucking sucked. DW - You owe me $50 bucks.

I just remembered - J-Lo (homo nickname) beat the absolute shit out of that fish he fought.

Does anyone know how much JT was paid?

And fuck you DW - you owe me!!!
Joedirt- August 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm
Funny part is... if it was Toney vs Liddell we'd all be talking about how Liddell got knocked out.
rearnakedchickenchoke- August 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm
That's too bad. I really wanted to see Toney vs Nelson.