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Uh-Oh: James Toney Has Hired Juanito Ibarra as His Trainer

(Friends forever. Or until somebody steals from somebody else like a total scumbag. Sorry, alleged scumbag. Photo courtesy of Combat Lifestyle.)

As much as we were hoping that James Toney would get smart and head down to Greg Jackson’s New Mexico gym for a little MMA 101 and some positive reinforcement/visualization sessions, it seems like he has other plans. MMA Junkie reports that Toney has tapped Juanito Ibarra to help him transition from boxing into MMA. You remember Ibarra, right? Dude with the hat, used to train “Rampage” Jackson, then allegedly screwed him out of a bunch of money, which led to ‘Page living on energy drinks until his mind went all looney tunes on him and he ended up face down on the pavement after police chased his monster truck through the streets of southern California? And once Jackson dumped him he reportedly offered to train other UFC light heavyweights to beat his former fighter?  Yeah, that’s the guy.

Ibarra says that he and Toney “have good personal chemistry,” adding, “I just don’t jump in with anybody.”

We’re not sure if that means Ibarra is one of the few people on the planet who can actually understand the words coming out of Toney’s mouth these days, or whether it just means that they don’t actively hate each other. We don’t mind saying that Toney could have done better (and, you know, less sleazy) in his search for an MMA trainer, but as long as he keeps one hand on his wallet and demands to see an itemized list of training camp expenditures, he should make out okay.

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jamesmedley- September 30, 2011 at 4:00 am
the gossips that JAMES TONEY is going to be dealing with Denis Lebedev in November was really true, he him self have define the statement over it,that "Well the gossips are true. Whatever continues we’re pushing soon because I’m prepared to fight. I can’t obtain a fight using the so-known as large men within the division-the Klitschko siblings, or some of individuals men, so I’m going for the following best factor."
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Sneaky Pete- March 4, 2010 at 12:47 pm
Juanito: Your boobs are so soft!
Rampage: Shhhhh. Just enjoy the moment.

Okay, I'm torn when it comes to Ibarra. He's done something pretty good with Rampage; if half of Rampage's skill comes from him, than he's probably a decent trainer. I'm just not convinced that Ibarra's style of coaching is helping his state of mind outside of the ring. There just something off there.

Oh, and am I supposed to think he's a longshoreman with his ILWU hats?

kellyman- March 4, 2010 at 6:57 am
"You remember Ibarra, right? Dude with the hat..."
El Famous Burrito- March 4, 2010 at 6:41 am
I don't know who to believe in the whole Rampage/Juanito fued. I really don't.

Who's word do I take here?

Rampage...The Master of the Red Bull Bender, who now says he really did want to fight Machida and not make more money hyping a fight with Rashad over a season of TUF?

Juanito....allegedly sleazy boxing trainer, after all, who's going to admit they were stealing a bunch of money from their clients?

Tito "Cracked Skull, Fishy Finger, Doing Us All A Favor By Just Getting Out Of His Wheelchair To Fight" Ortiz?

k-onda- March 4, 2010 at 4:10 am
I'm already over all talk of Mumbles, yawn.
ghostboner- March 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm
Dam I was thinking Bas for an opponent.
peckawoodd- March 3, 2010 at 9:26 pm
That is going to be a serious ego orgy.
mma samurai- March 3, 2010 at 9:00 pm
Wow a match made in heaven, a bullshit washed up fighter with a bullshit washed up trainer. Sounds like the plot to the latest Rocky movie.
cecils_pupils- March 3, 2010 at 6:54 pm
There is only one man I can think of that can help take Mumbles from shit stack to, well, something better prepared to fight MMA than a shit stack - and that man is Bas Ruten.

Props to El Guapo - it's Mumbles from here on out.
Versus Vs IndirectTV- March 3, 2010 at 6:53 pm
Fuck it! Give him Cheik Kongo! I would love to see Toney's self-proclaimed brilliance and checking kicks...
robthom- March 3, 2010 at 6:37 pm
Remember when Ibarra said he would quit if jackson lost to forrest?

But hey, he's alright with me. An enemy of my enemy is my ally.

edit: Oh wow, I just read that UFC signed Toney. jackson/Toney is too perfect to be ignored. It would be a CRIME not to set this up before jackson swerves on down the road.
Joe Hogan- March 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm
I prefer Mumbles over Looney Tooney.

James "Mumbles" Toney. The man who invented the side check kick.
macreadysshack- March 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm
El Guapo makes a hellavu point. Still, boxing for MMA is very different than regular ole boxing due to the vast number of ways an opponent can hurt/control you. It kinda makes sense for Looney Tooney to work to his strengths and just try to learn some MMA boxing and reverse wrestling. He's old and he's never going to be able to kick or grapple well. He MIGHT be able to stuff a takedown if he works on his sprawl and it's not a top-ten guy shooting on him.

I think it kinda makes sense that he got an MMA boxing coach. Just not THIS MMA boxing coach.
ghostboner- March 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm
What's wrong with hiring Ibarra? He has an honest face. (cough)
El Guapo- March 3, 2010 at 5:11 pm
Isn't Juanito a boxing coach? How exactly is he gonna help Mumbles with his ground game?? That's like hiring Ayoki to help you with your striking..