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James Toney says MMA career isn’t over yet

After suffering a takedown in the first fifteen seconds of his Mixed Martial Arts debut against Randy Couture at UFC 118 it would be understandable if boxing stand-out James Toney decided to focus on the sweet science as opposed to an endeavor requiring a multitude of disciplines to succeed. However, according to the 42-year old, he’s not only considering a return to the cage but is “100%” certain he will compete in MMA at least one more time before he hangs up his gloves for good.

Toney spoke about the situation Monday to MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour about his interest in giving the sport another shot, as well as why he has yet to see a dime of his payout from the appearance against Couture.

Though “Lights Out” is currently preparing for a defense of his IBA title on January 27, he stated he would be free after the match-up and will be eyeing offers regardless of where they come from.

“I’m honestly I don’t care if in the UFC or whoever. When James Toney fights, people will come,” he explained.

While he didn’t elaborate on specifics in terms of what sort of financial terms would be required to book his talents, it seems likely no organization will be able to match the $500,000 he was paid for the submission loss in August. However, even if they did, it appears Toney may not see payment regardless as his entire purse from UFC 118 was seized by the IRS while the government entity examined his past tax returns.

The 22-year veteran of boxing also teased the notion of fighting former UFC light heavyweight champ Quinton Jackson, however unlikely it may be given his contract status, after “Rampage” mentioned an interest in standing with Toney if the two ever fought on a recent episode of MMA Live. In response to the statement, Toney clarified that Jackson didn’t want to fight him while standing but rather, “He wants to commit suicide.”

Toney is 0-1 in Mixed Martial Arts but holds a record of 72-6-3 (2 NC) in professional boxing including 44 knockouts. He has won titles in a number of weight-classes, as well as currently holds the IBA and NABO heavyweight straps.

  • Dufresne says:

    If Rampage gets a fight with Toney, he’d be wise to pull a Couture here and get it to the ground as fast as possible. I know Rampage is confident in his chin and in the power in his hands, but his technique is no where near Toney’s while standing.

  • Creature says:

    If Rampage and Toney actually do fight, i would go with rampage even if they stood, simply because rampage does have a good chin and serious power, and is used to being hit with 4 oz gloves, where as toney is not.. there is a huge difference between the 2. something alot of ppl over look and something i think toney has yet to realize.

  • G-DUB says:

    Didn’t Rampage mention his interest in standing n banging with Toney on INSIDE MMA??
    If Toney is going to fight again in MMA, this is the only kind of fight that makes any sense. The only question left is can a mixed martial artist outpunch a boxer ( … albeit one of clearly eroded speed and skills). In a cage, with the smaller gloves, and with more leeway on legal strikes (than boxing), Rampage has at least a 50/50 shot of winning. It’s a compelling enough matchup to sell to MMA and fringe fans.

  • JOEgun says:

    mutha fuck james toney!! i never wanna see that fat ass in the octagon again! He’s such an attention whore

  • MCM says:

    James Toney says MMA career isn’t over yet……

    Randy Couture says: “Yes it is.”

  • Angry Mike says:

    Toney is correct from a purely logical standpoint. He has no MMA career, so it can’t be over.

  • 3OAM says:

    From a marketing standpoint, Rampage vs Toney makes sense. You’d get more cross-sport views with a more recognizable name like Rampage over, say…a James Toney vs. Jared Hamman, who would make a better match and where, by rights, James Toney should be starting as a relative newcomer to MMA…They’d make much more money with Rampage.

    (Not to take anything away from Hamman, he just doesn’t have the star power for such a fight.)


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