Boxing great James Toney got a little hot under the collar in an interview with mmafighting’s Ariel helwani at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday at the UFC 116 event.
Helwani wasn’t pulling any punches as he questioned Toney on whether he genuinely did know a lot about MMA, referencing the boxer’s claim that among other things he knew how to “side check kick,” a term that had MMA fan’s scratching their heads and wondering what he was talking about.
“I don’t know nothing about the sport. Just tune in August 28th and y’all will find out how much I know about the sport,” was Toney’s response.
“I don’t know jiu-jitsu, I don’t know wrestling, all I know how to do is fight, period,” he added later.
Toney continued to get more agitated when Helwani questioned him on whether he would have preferred someone else other than Randy Couture in his first fight in the promotion.
‘Lights Out’ appeared to be a little offended by the question and said he, “didn’t want to fight no bums,” and had asked to fight Brock Lesnar first.
He then went on to accuse Helwani of being a Couture fan and said the fighter shouldn’t be considered a hall of famer because he hadn’t retired yet.
Toney then walked away, but unperturbed Helwani followed him and continued with the interview sitting down at a table where the fighter eventually loosened up a little, though not before calling out fellow boxer David Haye, “a mamma’s boy” and claiming that he’s “gay.”
He did eventually come out with the best line of the interview though. When asked what he thought of Dana White’s admission that Couture Vs Toney was essentially a freak show, Toney replied, “the only freak show I got is inbetween my legs.”
There’s no doubt Toney talks a good fight, but it’s also clear that the questions about his ability to compete in MMA are getting under his skin a little. Unfortunately for him those questions will continue to be asked until he finally steps into the cage and shows what’s he’s got against Couture on August 28th in Boston.
Nobody would deny that’s he’s got a punchers chance in that encounter, but the reality is that it’s a virtually impossible task for him to match up with one of MMA’s most highly respected and experienced fighters in the other aspects of the sport with just a few months training under his belt.