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James Toney Calls Randy Couture a Fraud

James ToneyJames Toney is not shy about calling Randy Couture out. Toney was asked about his match at UFC 118 and laid into Randy Couture personally and professionally. James Toney goes as far as to put a dress on a Randy Couture action-figure and calls Couture a fraud as a legend. Attention UFC fans, the circus is in town.

This is one of the most entertaining interviews you will ever see in the world of MMA. The great MMA reporter Ariel Helwani caught up with Toney at UFC 116. Helwani calls James Toney out on a variety of topics which only seems to infuriate Toney. Midway through the interview Toney gets so upset that he walks off of the interview. Toney tries to intimidate Helwani, but to Ariel’s credit he stood toe to toe with the former boxing champion.

Anyone who reads CamelClutchBlog.com regularly knows that there are two writers here, one being myself who have openly questioned Randy Couture’s status as a legend. Brett Clendaniel does a tremendous job of telling you why Randy Couture is not a legend here. Well apparently James Toney agrees with Brett and I. Toney calls out Randy Couture’s status as an MMA legend for the very same reasons that Brett and I have questioned the moniker. “He lost 12 fights and he’s a legend?” “How is he in the Hall of Fame if he’s still fighting?” These are quotes which are sure to infuriate most MMA fans.

I have to take Ariel Helwani slightly to task here. I love his interviews and I am a big fan of his work. But I do think he came off like a baby here in the interview. He came off as someone so blinded by love for MMA that instead of conducting an objective interview, he made it personal. I have no problem with him asking tough questions, but I have never seen him question anyone in MMA as harsh as he did with James Toney.

It is really hard to tell whether Toney is just trying to hype the fight or if he really has that much disrespect for Randy Couture. I tend to think you have a mix of both here, with more emphasis on Toney just trying to hype the UFC 118 fight. Hey, he has to do something. Most MMA fans think that James Toney vs. Randy Couture is a flat out joke. Maybe with more promos like this, MMA fans won’t care and will pay top dollar to see Couture try and shut up the big mouthed boxer.

Not only do I think the fight is ridiculous, I think it is even more of a sham after watching this video. For one, James Toney doesn’t look like he is in shape at all to fight at UFC 118. Two, there is nothing to be gained by the fight. If Couture wins well so what, an MMA fighter should be able to fight a boxer. If Toney wins, Couture got caught. Boxing and MMA are two completely different sports and it is impossible to expect one fighter to cross over into another without a big learning curve. It’d be one thing if Toney was fighting Kimbo Slice, but a veteran like Randy Couture should be able to handle Toney just fine.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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