James 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.
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.
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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