Earlier this week ‘UFC On Versus 2’ headliner Jon Jones gave his less than flattering thoughts on boxer James Toney’s attitude while being interviewed on TapouT Radio.
“Do you really think you’re going to uppercut a collegiate wrestler when he’s coming full force into a double leg dive?” Jones uuestioned. “I think he [James Toney] is just really naive to think that with hand combinations alone he’s going to be able to defend takedowns from the clinch and double leg dives. So I think he’s just ignorant in a way and I don’t really have a hard time calling him ignorant because of some of the statements he’s made about our sport.”
Needless to say Toney required little encouragement to respond after being told of Jones comments.
“Jon ‘Homo’ Jones better do his research before he talks shit about me,” Toney fired back on the FightHype site today. “He doesn’t know anything about me. He’s about to learn though because when I see Jon Jones, I’ma slap his ass. I don’t play those games. He better learn how to fight before he talks shit about me.
“My debut fight in the UFC is against a hall-of-famer. Who the f*ck did he fight in his first fight in the UFC? Isn’t he like 22? He better go find some tapes on me because I’m not the one to f*ck with and he’s gonna see that when I bump into his ass. Keep my name out of your mouth boy.”
I must admit that I’ve thought for some time that Jones (along with Cain Velasquez) would be one of the toughest opponents Toney could face in the UFC. His long limbs and unorthadox arsenal of kicks, punches and elbows are bewildering enough for MMA fighters, let alone a boxer, while his ability to execute throws at the drop of a hat from the clinch would give Toney serious problems even if he could get inside.
Having said that there’s no doubt that as far as the verbal battle goes, Toney’s going to emerge victorious.