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.”