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.”

Ross launched MMA Insight (previously FightOfTheNight.com) in 2009 as a way to channel his passion for the sport of mixed martial arts. He's since penned countless news stories and live fight reports along with dozens of feature articles as the lead writer for the site, reaching millions of fans in the process.