Former World Boxing Champion James Toney Signs Deal with UFC

Erik FontanezCorrespondent IMarch 3, 2010

HOLLYWOOD, FL - JANUARY 06:  James 'Lights Out' Toney stares across the ring during his loss to Samuel 'Nigerian Nightmare' Peter in a WBC heavyweight title eliminator fight at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino January 6, 2007 in Hollywood, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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After months of intense sales pitches, James Toney, the former world champion boxer, has signed an exclusive deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. was the first to break the news citing sources close to the situation.

Once one of the world’s most dominating figures in the sport of boxing, Toney will make his trek into mixed martial arts after nearly stalking UFC President Dana White week after week.

At 41—years young, Toney is no spring chicken. Having competed most recently in boxing’s heavyweight division, there is speculation that the MMA heavyweight division might be a bit to hefty for the boxing great. A weight cut to 205 pounds may be the desired destination for both Toney and the UFC.

No debut has been scheduled as of yet for “Lights Out” Toney, nor has an opponent been mentioned in all the hoopla.

Bleacher Report MMA will update with more information as it becomes available.