By Conrad Primero
I watched the UFC 118: Penn vs Edgar 2 card and the “Boxing versus UFC” Toney vs Couture fight with some buddies at the local bar near my work and it was a total embarrassment to boxing and James Toney made himself look like a complete joke.
James Toney humiliated himself and boxing by going into the UFC.
James Toney was a bad ass boxer in his day, who would take on all comers and went from middleweight to heavyweight, but he isn’t the brightest guy away from the ring, he has more balls than brains, the guy came into a gun fight with a knife.
What was Toney thinking? Why didn’t he get with some good MMA guys like BJ Penn or Nick and Nate Diaz and train with those guys? I bet he probably did it for the paycheck, which was reported by Yahoo! sports as anywhere from $750,000 to $1 million, a hefty payday that he (an over the hill boxer) can no longer get in boxing.
I’ve seen a few Mixed Martial Arts fights and even I know this is a wild fight with grappling and jiu-jitsu holds. This UFC stuff is like a real life street fight, where a guy can actually die in there if they let the fight go on to long. James Toney came in there overweight, out of shape, and super confident. Toney looked like he was ready for a hot dog eating contest, rather than, and MMA fight. Randy Couture took Toney’s overweight butt down and submitted him without even breaking a sweat.
Toney was way out of his element. I bet, even, one of those 155 pound fighters like that little Frankie Edgar, who beat BJ Penn in the Main Event, could probably submit or destroy the 237-pound James Toney, heck, even that muscular Cris Cyborg Santos chick, who whopped sexy ass Gina Carano, could probably destroy Toney in MMA.
The sport of boxing is taking some huge hits. First, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao super-fight doesn’t get made for the second time. Bob Arum, Freddie Roach and Manny Pacquiao all opt to fight disgraceful Mexican boxer Antonio Margarito for November 13, and reward him with a big fight and a huge payday. I guess you can cheat and load your gloves and get reinstated in the State of Texas if you do your time and submit a $20 dollar application to their commission.
Boxing is my favorite sport, but it is looking like a complete joke right now. You have James Toney getting choked out after talking so much crap about UFC, Manny Pacquiao killing the Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight, twice, by not fully agreeing to the random blood Olympic drug tests for steroids and other performance enhancement drugs, Bob Arum giving Antonio Margarito a shot at Manny Pacquiao and the State Athletic Commission of Texas granting cheater Antonio Margarito a boxing license for that fight.
The UFC President, Dana White, was right when he said UFC wasn’t hurting boxing, it’s boxing that’s doing it to (killing) themselves.
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