James Toney continues to be a hot topic of conversation in the MMA world right now, and the boxer himself has been providing plenty of sound-bites since signing for the UFC earlier in the month.
In a new interview with HDNet’s Inside MMA show Toney explained why he has been pushing so hard to get a fight in the octagon.
“I’m a big fan of mma, don’t get me wrong,” the boxer said. “I never said nothing less about the sport, but when you come and disrespect a man who’s 20 years deep, and has won 12 world titles in 6 different weight divisions, and go ‘mma sport is better than boxing’ – you gotta be kidding me.”
As for who he wants to fight first, Toney makes no bones about his desire to fight the best the promotion has to offer.
“I want Brock Lesnar. I’m the heavyweight champion of the world, versus the UFC champion – that would be a hell of a match.”
He’s not the only fighter on Toney’s list though. In fact he has a laundry list of big name opponents he’d like to square off against.
“Either Chuck Liddell, Brock Lesnar…Randy Couture…Tito Ortiz or whatever his name is, it doesn’t matter. I’m not a sideshow, this is the real deal here.”
It’s certainly going to be interesting to see how Dana White and Co. handle this situation. Of course there’s no chance he’ll be fighting Lesnar right off the bat, and for Toney’s sake that’s probably just as well.
The real question is whether they will give him a ‘tune-up fight’ first – Toney’s camp have been pushing hard for Kimbo Slice – or if he will be thrown in right away with one of the other established stars he’s been suggesting.
It’s hard to say which way it’ll go, but the answer will tell us much about how the UFC views James Toney.