James Toney's Fairy Land

HOLLYWOOD, FL - JANUARY 06: Samuel 'Nigerian Nightmare' Peter (R) throws a punch during his victory bout against James ' Lights Out' Toney 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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Jesse EricksonContributor IJuly 12, 2010

According to James Toney, James Toney is the greatest fighter in the world.

Not just the best boxer, but the best fighter.

He says he can check kicks. He claims he can knock people out from his back after being taken down. And supposedly, he has tapped King Mo (Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion) with a guillotine choke during training.

He even said at one time that he would beat Randy Couture by chokeout, rather than knockout.

James Toney will get his chance to prove his pound for pound fighting excellence when he takes on Randy Couture at UFC 118 on August 28.

James Toney has mocked Randy Couture's fight record.

When interviewed whether or not Couture's wrestling is a threat to James Toney's fight plan, Toney said that Couture should be worried about getting his head knocked off his shoulders with a punch.

After all, in the world of Toney, the Couture fight is essentially a tune-up fight. James Toney has already made it very clear that he hopes to fight Brock Lesnar soon.

While it is clear James Toney is going into his first MMA bout ever with a supreme level of confidence, many people think he is a crazy old has-been boxer who has been hit in the head too many times.

As such, many MMA fans do not take James Toney serious. I do not either. But as one of my favorite MMA correspondents once said, "in MMA, anything can happen." 

And one has to wonder: what if James Toney really can beat Randy Couture? What if he does it as quickly and as easily as he claims?

James Toney says he wants to fight Brock Lesnar for the championship belt somewhere down the line.

If he somehow was able to stuff Couture's takedowns from the beginning, neutralize his dirty boxing, and then knocked Couture out with a single well timed punch to the jaw in the first round, (and the pay per view buys for the evening were really high,) would James Toney be next in line after Velasquez?

If he could beat Couture in much faster time than Brock Lesnar did, wouldn't he deserve to be next in line?

Obviously, this isn't expected to happen. In fact, all this talk could easily be categorized as "fairy land talk."

But suppose any of Toney's "fairy land talk" is real. We could see an icon of MMA, Randy Couture, have his head knocked off his shoulders in the first round.

And crazier yet, Lesnar, the top ranked heavyweight in the world who got through a round of endless face-beating by titan Shane Carwin, could turn around and get creamed by an old flabby boxer whose words are hard to understand when he's speaking.

We'll have to stay tuned to find out if it'll really happen the way James Toney says it will.

I'm not holding my breath. But if there's one thing all this crazy talk has done, it has made me eager to watch James Toney step in the cage against Randy Couture.

I think it'll answer a lot of questions regarding the potential "best fighter in the world."

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