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Vitor Belfort Calls Out James Toney for Boxing Match; Toney Applauds Belfort’s Lack of Bitchassness


(Vitor Belfort is so badass that Mike Tyson wears his t-shirt. Meanwhile, James Toney’s shirt has been discounted from $49.98 to "free with any purchase at the Salvation Army.")

Since James Toney allowed himself to be humiliated (for a large paycheck) in a cage-fight at UFC 118, it’s only fair that a representative from the UFC should let Toney try to redeem himself in a boxing ring. Could an MMA star hang with a boxing champ with 12-ounce gloves, no leg kicks, no takedowns, player? If Vitor Belfort gets his way — and we sincerely hope he does — the MMA vs. boxing freak show timeline may get a unique new chapter. As the Phenom tweeted this weekend:

"Dana let me fight James Tony on 6 round boxe Mach I think I can catch him with my speed…Dana will be the 1 boxing match in Ufc I promise he will fell my power and we will show the world the a Ufc fighter can do better"

Okay, we all know that the UFC isn’t in the business of putting on six-round boxing matches, historically speaking. But giving Vitor a day-pass to box James Toney outside of his UFC contract sounds like great publicity to me. I know the dude has a #2 middleweight contender’s match lined up for November, but come on, Belfort wins this fight nine times out of ten and goes home to his nude model wife completely unscathed. And it shouldn’t surprise you that the Dark Emperor is down with the idea…


As Toney told FightHype, in response to Belfort’s public call-out:

“Tell Vitor Belfort let’s make it happen. I like that because he ain’t no scared little bitch. He wants to come to my world and I’m more than willing to welcome him into my world.”

When I think of this Toney vs. Belfort fantasy boxing match, all the advantages seem to lie with Belfort. He’s younger, in much better shape, and his hands have left a trail of knockout victims that include Rich Franklin, Matt Lindland, and Wanderlei Silva. He’s actually boxed professionally once before, scoring a 61-second TKO over a guy named Josemario Neves in 2006. But one advantage sticks out more than the rest. When James Toney started training for MMA, he knew so little about the sport that he let some bald fraud con him into being his sensei. Belfort has had a top-flight boxing coach since he was 19 years old — Al “Stankie” Stankiewicz, the inspirational/cranky former trainer of Oscar De La Hoya, TUF 8 assistant coach, and original inspiration for Shit My Dad Says. To be honest, I wouldn’t even put money on Toney in a match against Stankie. But against Belfort? Dios mio, man. Make it happen, hypothetical crooked boxing promoter…

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Mofo- September 7, 2010 at 9:09 pm
And by TKO I mean Technical Kock Out.
Mofo- September 7, 2010 at 8:52 pm
Why do people get so worked up about boxing vs MMA? It's so WEE-ad (in Barbarino voice).

Arianny vs Logan in a jello match. Now THAT gets me worked up. I just TKO'd myself.
punchstudent3- September 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm
You are right that he was out boxed by Mr. Peter which I know all 2 well considering I sparred w/ Sam during that camp, but Sam peter is a world class boxer. There Os no shame losing to a world class opponent.
My point is that if you are a world class mm artist , stay in ur lane. James needed years of work to make the transition , the same goes for Vitor. 1 pro fight will never b enough to over come decades of experience.
We all just need 2 respect the fact that these are finely tuned athletes...
In they're respective sport.
MediumRare- September 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm
Make it happen, Dana!
mt59801- September 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm
That should work out well for Toney since he's doesn't have to practice that complicated "tap out" move that he fucked up in the last fight
Turd Furgeson- September 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm
I like what danomite said. Put top tier boxers up against fighters who are top tier in their fighting style, and show them how boxing would get dominated each and everytime. Well, except by maybe TKD and karate and the like.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 7, 2010 at 12:13 pm
Toney vs. Belfort will require the construction of an Enigma Machine just to decipher the unbreakable code all trash talk will be delivered in.

Either that or a couple of sober Cherokees... either way it's going to be quite a task.
Ballkick- September 7, 2010 at 11:12 am
JT is finished nowatimsayn?.....Dana's overgenerous purse should be fair warning to all promoters in boxing and MMA combined,...his last fight proves that he's lost his drive and is suffering from something called,....getting on in age.....how can anyone take this fool seriously after the less than half-assed effort he put towards his training for his MMA fight?
Fuck! I thought he would have faded into the abyss by now......he's like crohn's disease,....always shitty,... and never goes away.
DaltonSwayze- September 7, 2010 at 10:09 am
@punchstudent: You noticed that Toney got outboxed by Sam Peter, right?

All I'm saying is that his best days are WAY behind him, his best days at HW are definitely behind him, and his good days are behind him. I wouldn't be surprised to see Vitor win a UD by being busy, but I wouldn't put money on it
Loretta Cunt- September 7, 2010 at 9:47 am
let me see vitor currently fighting at 185
toney currently fighting at 235
not gonna happen
Abidon- September 7, 2010 at 9:00 am
"If the UFC put on an event where the main event was GSP vs. Anderson Silva and every other fight was was Ring Girl Jello Wrestling I would still buy the Aldo fight."

For obvious reasons we'd all fall asleep long before the main event
punchstudent3- September 7, 2010 at 8:49 am
I feel like I'm sitting in a remedial class . I applaud the few of u who actually use your brain, the rest Of you are retards.
I can't believe how just cause James was dumb enough to think he could waltz into mma & do well, some of you think that vitor would stand a chance against any world class boxer , let alone JAMES TONEY , is laughable at the least , bordering on maddening.
I am a boxer that has recently fell in love w/ training MMA. There is no way that w/ my 6 months experience I could handle anyone in the UFC, I live in LV. I know this as a fact cause train w/ a lot of them (it's a humbling experience) , but when it's just boxing it's another story.
Let's all just understand that they r distant cousins in the world of combat sports & leave it @ that before we get Vitor Belfort hurt.
danomite- September 7, 2010 at 8:19 am
I'm having trouble believing that you are sincere when you say all this. I can't believe that you would be so sure that a guy with a 1-0 record in boxing could beat a world champion no matter how out of shape the guy is. Especially in a six rounder. fuck man, butterbean can go at least four rounds. Someone needs to tell Vitor that there's a lot more to boxing than being quick and learning some combinations. There's this thing called defense, which involves things like head movement, distance control, avoiding getting hit, and being able to take a good punch if you do get hit. Nothing Vitor has done in MMA has shown me that he possesses any of those skills.

I'm done with this Boxing vs. MMA debate in any form. And YES Toney vs. Couture did definitively prove that MMA > Boxing as a martial art. Wrestling > boxing too as far as that's concerned. I would however like to see top level boxers like packy-OW! and Mayweather fight some top level kickboxers or even MMA guys in Muay Thai or (if they're pussies) American Kickboxing rules. Then if they lose those fights too they'll have to shut their mouths forever. Besides, who the fuck wouldn't want to see Pacquiao vs. Jose Aldo in a K-1 style fight? I would pay for that over any UFC event. If the UFC put on an event where the main event was GSP vs. Anderson Silva and every other fight was was Ring Girl Jello Wrestling I would still buy the Aldo fight.
Booze n Brawl- September 7, 2010 at 8:17 am
With Toney's inability to speak and Belfort's lack of spelling ability this should prove to be an intreshting match wumba jumba blubba....
hotsaucemonster- September 7, 2010 at 8:16 am
it will never happen, it will never happen, IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. dana will never let one of his best fighters go on hiatus to fight in a boxing match in which he for 1) wouldnt profit from. 2) risk injury during training or during the fight. 3) risk having MMA tarnished (wow! belfort has had a boxing match i think toney may have had a few more and i pretty sure hes had a few of those purty belts to show for it). if people want to see them fight dana will fight a way to do it in the UFC and no where else. this is just like when pacman says he want to do MMA except instead of CP stating the truth and saying that its just talk for the sake of talk you guys act as though it a probable situation. i swear sometime it seems as though its take your kid to work day over there and when mike goes to take a dump after binging on molson all night they get on the computer. oh btw what ever happen to silva vs roy jones..................exactly
Mofo- September 7, 2010 at 8:05 am
I would LOVE to see it.

But I'd also love for the original UFCs to come back. I wanna see more aligators fighting tigers.

MMA got boring when fighters got smart. I loooooove me some dumb fighters like Toney who still think one discipline is all they need.

(A "boring" MMA is still enough to make me eat it up like crack... crack rocks that I poor milk on and eat with a spoon.)
CAP10- September 7, 2010 at 7:06 am
I think a good reason for DFW not to do it is a lot of MMA fans would be bored out of their fucking minds watching a six round boxing match. Also nobody gives a shit if a guy with one pro fight can beat a washed up has-been. I'd be more interested in seeing Mumbles fight Crocop in K1 rules. Then at least it's has-been versus has-been.
TellaTruth- September 7, 2010 at 7:06 am
i would pay to watch it.
DaltonSwayze- September 7, 2010 at 7:03 am
As a boxing fan, I am against this idea. It's bad enough that all the Shertards of the world seem to think Toney vs. Couture was a referendum on boxing vs. MMA, but it'd be even worse if Belfort outworked the lethargic Toney to a wide UD. Of course, it's possible Belfort would gas after he finds he can't knock Toney out, or that he conserves his energy and gets outboxed, but I doubt it.

Toney is IRRELEVANT.

He is at or approaching the point in his career that he starts to lose to mid level fighters, and it's downright cruel for anyone to call him out at anything other than, perhaps, dominos.
LAS- September 7, 2010 at 7:02 am
I'm surprised you aren't more skeptical of how Belfort would fare against James Toney, especially after all the ridicule heaped on naive boxing fans who thought Toney stood a chance against Couture. When have we ever seen Belfort outstrike a great technical striker? Sorry if his knockout of Wanderlei Silva from 10 years ago or catching greco-roman wrestler Matt Lindland hasn't convinced me he could be a world-beating boxer.
Joedirt- September 7, 2010 at 7:02 am
Viva, it wont silence anyone. Toney is way past his prime and not even a shadow of his former boxing self... I'm a Belfort fan too... but Toney takes this one.
Viva Hate- September 7, 2010 at 6:47 am
Dana wants to put on an international “Olympic” style MMA tournament so why not also put on a boxing match? Plus, if Vitor wins it really quiets a lot of the boxing critics who say MMA fighters could never hang with a pure boxer.
ReX13- September 7, 2010 at 6:35 am
Yes, please!

Why couldn't the UFC put this match together under boxing rules? Small promotions put on mixed cards all the time, surely DFW can pull that off.

Waiting to hear his response to this.
itsgalf- September 7, 2010 at 6:34 am
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