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Randy Couture: Toney Bout Really Was Boxing Vs. MMA

Former UFC Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion Randy “The Natural” Couture recently spoke with the Telegraph’s Gareth A. Davies about his recent victory over world class boxer James “Lights Out” Toney. The match was billed as being a contest to determine the superiority of either boxing or MMA and though some challenged the validity of that claim, Couture believes there to be some truth to it.

“In some ways it was boxing vs. MMA,” said “The Natural.” “James is the first highly decorated boxer to step into the cage and do what he tried to do tonight. I think it’s probably unwise to jump in at that level. It would be unwise for me to jump into a boxing match with him, it would be stupid. I don’t see too many mixed martial artists going the other way. I think most guys have a healthy respect for each other’s sports.”

In the fight Couture almost immediately took Toney to the ground, peppered him with punches, established full mount and choked “Lights Out” unconscious minutes into the first round. Couture said, despite the high likelihood that he was going to beat Toney, that the victory was still a rewarding one.

“It’s always rewarding to train as hard as I trained for this fight–I took it very seriously and to go out and do exactly the things I trained to do,” he said. “That low single was something we worked, that arm triangle was something that we worked on diligently. We thought he wouldn’t know what to do with his hands and would give that up. I didn’t expect to get the mount as easily as I did but it worked out.”

Couture and Toney squared off in the co-main event of UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn II which was held last Saturday night at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.