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.