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James Toney’s First Interview Since Losing To Randy Couture

Much of James Toney’s pre-fight trash-talking went through the aptly named fighthype website, and sure enough they’ve come through with the boxer’s first full interview since losing to Randy Couture at UFC 118.

It’s a very good interview and highlights a more humble and honest side to Toney beyond the bad mouthing antics of the last few months.

Here’s a few highlights from the conversation.

What it felt like to be in the octagon:

“It felt good.  It felt like I hadn’t been inside of a boxing ring in almost a year, you know what I’m saying?

What The MMA fans are like:

“Man, the fans in MMA are great.  These motherf*ckin’ fans are…they are fanatics man.  It’s great, I love the atmosphere that they bring. It reminded me of the old days of boxing; the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s.  The boxing fans used to be like that and we need to bring that back.”

His thoughts on the fight:

“I blame myself.  It is what it is.  I went in there and I don’t blame nobody but myself.  I made a mistake and I paid the price for it.”

“I knew Dana White was throwing me to the dogs, but I wanted that.  In fact, he didn’t throw me to the dogs; I went looking for them.  I went looking for trouble.  That’s why they call me JT, “Just Trouble.”  I loved it.  I had fun in there and I can’t wait to do it again.”

His thoughts on Randy Couture:

“My thing with Randy Couture is he is a legend in his sport.  He seems like a good person.  I don’t know him personally, but from when I met him, he seems like he’s a great dude, man.”

His challenge to Couture:

“If he is a real man, come put the gloves on.  I did it his way, now come do it my way.”

His thoughts on his fellow boxers:

“At least MMA guys got guts and they will get in a cage with me.  The boxing guys are all talk and no walk.”

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