MMA neophyte and boxing champion James “Lights Out” Toney has kept himself at least on the periphery, if not occasionally in the center, of MMA news since he began campaigning to UFC President Dana White for a shot in the UFC sometime around UFC 108 in January.
Through interviews with respected MMA media outlets to self-released hype videos, MMA fans have been fed a steady diet of Toney’s trash talk for somewhere around seven months. Usually, Toney focuses mainly on self-promotion but occasionally he takes aim at the sport of MMA and some of its various personalities/practitioners. In his latest interview with MMAWeekly Radio, Toney took to UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, saying he wants the champ after he’s done with Randy Couture at UFC 118 next month.
“I couldn’t come in the UFC and fight a bum, or a tune up fight. I have to fight the best. I am the best. I wanted to fight Brock Lesnar, but unfortunately at the time he was sick,” Toney told MMAWeekly Radio.
Toney is currently the International Boxing Organization and North American Boxing Organization Heavyweight Champion and won both belts by defeating Fres Oquendo by split decision in a match for the at-the-time vacant titles (interestingly enough, Oquendo was dropped during an exhibition bout against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski in February). Toney explained that his plan is to compete both in MMA and in boxing and that after he fights former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture in August he will defend his boxing titles and then make a return to MMA against the current UFC Heavyweight Champion, whom Toney has apparently taken issue with.
“I will be boxing and UFC champion at the same time,” Toney stated. “I’m officially a two-sport athlete.
“After I knock out Randy Couture, I’m coming for Brock’s bitch ass next.”
Toney will face Randy Couture this August 28th in the co-main event of UFC 118: Edgar Vs. Penn 2 which is going down at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Toney will get his chance that evening to back up everything he has said in the cage and he has quite a bit to back up.