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Randy Couture signs to fight James Toney at UFC 118

The long awaited match-up between MMA legend Randy “The Natural” Couture and former boxing champion James “Lights Out” Toney is now all but official as Couture recently submitted his signed bout agreement, according to a report on Sherdog.com.

The clash of styles is scheduled for UFC 118 in Boston on August 28 and will take place in the promotions heavyweight division.

Couture (18-10-0) hasn’t fought with the big men since a pair of losses to current champ Brock Lesnar and former interim champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira forced him down to light heavyweight. He last graced the octagon at UFC 109, submitting fellow UFC hall of famer Mark Coleman by rear naked choke in the second round.

Toney, a former IBF middleweight and super middleweight champion, will be making his mixed martial arts debut.

19 COMMENTS
  • bigbadjohn says:

    i feel yet another octagon control based win for Randy. he knows how to play the cage as well as any, and he will be too mobile vs toney at heavyweight to get tagged good. rashad rampage all over again

  • Guthookd says:

    So then will the bout be at HW?

    Randy by second round sodomy.

  • fitfreak says:

    It won’t be Rashad Rampage all over again. If Randy can avoid a few punches and get the fight to the ground, the fight will be over quickly.

  • nate says:

    but Toney has been training wrasslin’ with king mo for the past 6wks, that’ll be enough time to stuff the takedowns/nullify the clinch right? lol. if anything hopefully mo will learn how to box better, & Toney won’t learn shit. I forsee Randy putting on a clinic & getting te UD or submission victory. then hopefully Toney will get cut, & go fight kimbo in austrailia.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Randy by Octagon control…

  • slammy862 says:

    There will be alot riding on this fight. It’s neck deep in the whole “mma vs boxing,” BS.

    Former champ vs former champ. If Randy gets caught coming in and ko’d, mma fans will never hear the end of it.

    It really is a dangerous situation: a dying sport vs an emerging sport.

    Both sides may need this victory to secure their futures and to establish credability.

  • Dufresne says:

    The only thing I’m worried about is Randy’s chin here. He was knocked down by a much less powerful, much less technical fighter in Big Nog. Granted I don’t see Randy even attempting to trade with Toney, but he could get clipped on the way in or get Frank Mired if they get into the clinch against the cage and he doesn’t get the takedown fast enough. And unless Randy finishes this in the first, Toney is gonna get at least on more chance at the begining of each round.
    Luckily that’s about Toney’s only shot at a win here. I recently heard Toney say he wants to choke Randy out. Really? Big Nog didn’t pull it off, neither will you.
    I really see Randy doing the obvious and going to the canvas as fast as possible where he can exhaust Toney fairly easily (cardio in boxing and cardio in wrestling are two entirely separate beasts) and probably pulling off a sub on a guy with almost no bjj defense training. I would normally go with GnP or UD for Randy, but he’s smart enough to know that he needs to stay close to Toney to minimize his power and I think he’s gonna go for the early finish to keep Toney from getting another shot while standing. Randy via late 1st possibly mid 2nd sub, probably rear naked or kimura.

  • Con says:

    Toney has always had power from middleweight up to heavy. What people might not remember is the superior footwork this guy had when he was a middleweight, if he can transfer any of this to mma he may make couture look foolish. May make him look foolish.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Although both athletes are relevant in there sport from a historic stand point there current physical attributes and there current rankings and standings aren’t what they were when both were on top of there game…

    To me this fight doesn’t end the debate of MMA vs. Boxing…

    You need to throw 2 CURRENT champs from each respective sport and then we can talk… this is a novelty fight and a step above freak show…this is about easy profits and even easier marketability.

    Get Mayweather & BJ Penn to fight then we can talk what disipline/ sport is superior… unfortunately that’s not happening any time soon.

  • Con says:

    I agree with Rece. But, both guys are at the end of thier careers so maybe its not as big a mismatch as most people are thinking.

  • Rich S. says:

    Didn’t think this was actually going to go down.

    It’ll probably look a lot like Couture/Coleman, with Toney playing Coleman’s part..

    What is he going to do once he loses? He has talked so much trash over the last however many months about how no one can beat him and he’s going to dominate all MMA fighters in his path.. What words will he have for us when he gets RNC’d in the first round?

  • Creature says:

    I find this fight funny, its obvious this is a boxing vs MMA fight and Dana knows it wouldnt look good if the boxer won, so hes put not only one of the best guys 2 take toney out when it comes 2 maychup of styles but he put in IMO someone who is still 1 of the most dangerous men in MMA i still think couture has a good chance at becoming champ at least 1 last time, this shows just how much faith dana has in couture and how much he believes in coutures talents, toney is in 4 a very rude awakening

  • Angry Mike says:

    White and UFC win regardless of the outcome. If Toney wins, he’s high profile, and all the boxing vs. mma chatter will feed his hype. If Couture wins, he feeds his status as a legend and extends his career. UFC has them both signed to contracts. In the words of Tom Petty, “it’s good to be king.”

  • stone says:

    Randy is gonna win… Octagon Control, submission, ground n pound… Take your pick! BUT! If Toney catches him, which is a possibility… Randy should probably retire! Toney is going to hit 3 times harder than Chuck! IMO, the “risk aint worth th reward”… Dana should have let Toney and Big Country have at it! I’m pullin for Randy but as usual, I’m doubting him…AGAIN

  • MickeyC says:

    Randy will push hin against the cage, drag him down & his way with him. Gona resemble a prison sceen.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i’m amazed how many people see this as a walk over for Randy and think Toney is a chump

    i dont see a Randy win as cut and dry

    looking forward to it

  • BigDave says:

    James toney a decade a go was a top level boxer, but guys a decade is ten years just in case you dont know. the likely hood of toney winning this fight is like the likely hood that megan fox will show up to my door naked saying take me. Toney has not been in a legit fight in years and this is just the only way foir him to get a payday.

    Randy by submission early in rd 1.

  • LiverPunch says:

    A wrestler vs a boxer. Is this UFC 1 or 118?.
    I just hope that Randy isn’t being …pressured in any way to …fight a certain way. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge say no more.
    Toney by naked, flying, reverse arm bar choke.

  • sandman says:

    Those of you who think Toney actually stands a chance here are probably the same people thinking Roy Nelson has a chance against Junior Dos Santos. Let’s be realistic…from day one in the UFC, boxers have not faired well against mixed martial artists. Boxers are trained one dimensionally. Mixed martial artists, such as Couture, train in all areas of fighting. This should be a quick one for Couture. (and Nelson will be extremely lucky to get out of the first round against Dos Santos)

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