(Looks like someone is getting ready to do some shucking and ducking.)
After weeks of stalking UFC president Dana White and regaling us all with stories of side check kicks and training under his father, an original “death fighter,” James Toney says he finally received an offer to fight in the UFC. The problem? That offer “was a joke,” according to Toney, who told FightHype.com that he’s decided to look at it as a sign that DW isn’t serious about signing him to a contract, which is weird because we expected a pro boxer with no MMA experience whatsoever to get several millions of dollars upfront.
Toney apparently expected the same, despite the fact that MMA fighters still don’t pull the kind of paychecks that even old, chubby boxers do. But don’t worry, he says he’s already aware of that. He just doesn’t seem to think it should apply to him:
“…this offer was laughable. That’s why I wanted the camera guy in the room with us when I sat down with Dana, so the fans would know I was serious and if it didn’t happen, it wasn’t because of me.”
That’s right. It’s not because of Toney, who admits that he turned down an offer but won’t say exactly what that offer was. In the maze of scar tissue and chicken nuggets that is Toney’s brain, the fault lies with the person who offered him too little money to do something that he has, as of yet, demonstrated no real ability to do.
This should tell us what kind of person we’re dealing with here, and why we shouldn’t be surprised if he turns out to be more semi-coherent talk than action.