Now that the UFC has signed James Toney to a multi-fight deal, let’s take a look at four possible matchups for the boxing legend:
Kimbo Slice – This is the obvious choice because it would be a massive hit among the casual fans. Kimbo is similar to Toney in that he’s a puncher just learning MMA and that would put the two on a fairly level playing field.
Sure, Toney may not have the MMA experience and training that Kimbo has enjoyed thus far, but his 80+ boxing fights is something the street fighter’s resume can’t touch. It’s highly likely the loser will end up sleeping on the canvas, and Toney’s crisp and powerful hands combined with Kimbo Slice’s questionable chin could be a match made in heaven for UFC brass.
Stephan Bonnar – Because White already promised “The Ultimate Fighter 1? finalist lifetime security with the company, Bonnar might be a decent choice to welcome Toney to the world of MMA. Bonnar has struggled in recent fights and could provide the UFC with a big enough name to face Toney while still giving the former boxer a shot at winning.
Mirko Cro Cop – I know what you’re thinking, are you crazy? I might be, but this would be a fight that all parties would have to consider. His last win over Anthony Perosh at UFC 110 was lackluster and further spotlighted his one-dimensional game. CC repeatedly looked for his straight-left punch and completely abandoned the kicks that make him CRO COP. That’s why a fight with Toney would make too much sense if Cro Cop loses in his next fight.
Randy Couture – Every time there’s a big fight mentioned in the light heavyweight or heavyweight divisions, Captain America’s name will always be thrown on the table. At this stage in his illustrious career, there’s nothing left for the Hall of Famer to prove so his talents should only be reserved for blockbuster scraps.