UFC Hall of Famer Randy “The Natural” Couture did the expected last night when he defeated boxing legend James “Lights Out” Toney at UFC 118 from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. After the fight, UFC President Dana White noted that we had probably seen the last of Toney inside the Octagon.
“It’s been a fun ride with James. It’s been very interesting,” said White. “He’s a nutty guy.”
While Couture came into the cage in tremendous shape, Toney looked soft and pudgy. Regardless, White feels that Toney took the fight seriously and was in better shape than when he asked for the fight.
“I’m sure he was prepared as he could’ve been,” White said. “Anyone who knows James Toney the last few years, James isn’t the most physically fit boxer. From the day we signed the fight in my office, he lost a lot of weight.”
Once the bell rang Couture wasted no time in dragging Toney into his world; less than thirty seconds in Couture shot a low single on Toney and promptly deposited the world champion boxer on the mat. Once Couture had Toney on the mat he let loose with a barrage of ground and pound while scooting “Lights Out” up to the cage. Once the decorated Greco-Roman wrestler had Toney mashed against the fence it was only a matter of time before he would apply the fight-ending arm triangle choke submission. Once the 47-year old had the choke secured he spun out of mount to increase the leverage and separated Toney from consciousness at 3:19 of the first round.
“Toney lasted longer than I thought he would actually,” said White. “It’s unfair to bring in a guy with one discipline no matter if he’s trained eight or nine months. I wasn’t the guy going out and trying to bad-mouth boxing and take boxing down and hurt the sport of boxing. James Toney picked a fight and he got one.”
“I didn’t try to sell this as, ‘Tune in, you’ll see the most spectacular war,’” he continued. “Anything can happen in a fight. We’re not after boxing.”
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.