NABO and IBA heavyweight boxing champion James “Lights Out” Toney signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC Wednesday afternoon.
Toney (72-6-3-2, 44 KOs), named Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year in both 1991 and 2003, was a very skilled prizefighter who won titles in multiple weight classes.
However, Toney is also a portly specimen who was twice pinched for using the steroids boldenone and stanozolol.
Nevertheless, for whatever reason, UFC President Dana White is confident that Toney can flourish in the world of mixed martial arts.
Toney will be trained by famed MMA instructor Juanito Ibarra.
“We have been working on stretching, sprawling and movement, all the things he will need to get a handle on,” said Ibarra, who once trained Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Randy Couture, Anderson Silva and Kimbo Slice have all been mentioned as potential opponents for Toney in the octagon.
Couture (18-10), a member of the UFC Hall of Fame who is the company’s only five-time titlist, would absolutely lambaste Toney with his ground-and-pound attack.
Silva (25-4) is the current UFC middleweight champion and he has won ten consecutive matches.
Silva, who holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, would also categorically annihilate Toney in a matter of seconds.
Slice (4-1) against Toney would actually be an interesting matchup.
Granted, MMA purists would cringe at the notion of a Slice versus Toney battle because of the “freak show” aspect that would stigmatize the contest.
Still, the fight would generate enormous attention and it would pit two tough individuals against each other who possess similar levels of experience.
Ultimately, Toney’s foray into mixed martial arts will be unsuccessful and brief.
The pudgy Toney has zero business whatsoever changing industries at the age of 41.
If Toney is lucky, he will win one fight before he is exposed as an utter fraud.
Unfortunately for Toney, he will likely never once emerge victorious in a UFC bout.
As a UFC fighter, James Toney will quickly be knocked “Lights Out.”
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