World champion boxer James “Lights Out” Toney became the first highly-talented professional boxer to step into MMA on the big stage when he took on UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture this past weekend at UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2. The outcome was what everyone from MMA fans to Toney’s boxing peers expected it would be: Toney was taken down within moments, punched repeatedly and then submitted within the first round. Toney recently spoke with FightHype.com and reflected on the bout, also giving props to his opponent, “The Natural.”
“My thing with Randy Couture is he is a legend in his sport. He seems like a good person,” Toney said. “I don’t know him personally, but from when I met him, he seems like he’s a great dude, man. And if he is a real man, come put the gloves on. I did it his way, now come do it my way. I’m glad they got respect for me because my background speaks for me. Everybody knows that I ain’t got no bitch in me.”
Couture has already flat-out refused to step into a boxing ring with Toney, telling media at the UFC 118 post-fight press conference that he would most likely get knocked out boxing the multiple-time, multiple-division champion. It is unlikely that Couture’s UFC contract would allow him to compete in another combat sport promotion anyway.
UFC President Dana White was confident that Toney would end up on the losing end against Couture but revealed that Toney actually lasted much longer than he expected he would; something Toney attributes to his one-of-a-kind fighting spirit.
“I told you, I’m a rare breed,” Toney said. “My breed only comes along every 20 years. I knew Dana was trying to throw 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.”
Toney may have the desire and courage to step into the cage again, but it likely won’t be of the eight-sided variety as UFC President Dana White recently said that Toney is done in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. “Lights Out” certainly has more options, there are countless MMA promotions that would be willing to promote him but likely none that could provide him with the paycheck the size of the one that the UFC handed him.