Dean Lister training James Toney in BJJ

by Mike Chiappetta | source:

With his mixed martial arts debut about two months away, former multi-division boxing champion James Toney has enlisted ex-UFC star and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Dean Lister to tutor him in a crash course on the ground game, MMA Fighting has learned. Lister has been working with Toney for about one month in preparation for his August UFC 118 bout against UFC legend Randy Couture.

The addition of Lister to Toney's training team gives a wider look at his preparation, which he has tried his best to keep under wraps while speculation bubbled about whether he was training for the ground game at all.

While Juanito Ibarra, who trained Quinton "Rampage" Jackson when Jackson captured the UFC light-heavyweight championship, was originally tasked with overseeing Toney's camp, Trever Sherman  is now in the role. .

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KissMisery site profile image  

6/12/10 7:57 PM by KissMisery

Is it true that Toney caught King Mo in a standing guillotine?!What the hell, the world is topsy turvy. You mean a boxer knows a little about grappling? Blasphemy!

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6/12/10 7:54 PM by SKARHEAD

LOL @ training to get up from "ANYONE" in 6 months..ha ha ha

SKARHEAD site profile image  

6/12/10 7:54 PM by SKARHEAD

You're RIGHT !! He should do NOTHING ! Just hit the bag a bit...maybe skip rope.

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6/12/10 6:04 PM by goku


Dougie site profile image  

6/12/10 3:28 PM by Dougie

This is a good post.  

nobones site profile image  

6/12/10 12:34 PM by nobones

I think it's funny he's trying to cram a lifetime of grappling into a few months.

GaGas Soldier site profile image  

6/12/10 12:22 PM by GaGas Soldier

have you ever done bjj goku? Im guessing not because if you had you would realize that 2 months of BJJ is absolutely useless against someone who has been on the mats as long as couture. Its an absolute waste of time

Andymac86 site profile image  

6/11/10 11:34 PM by Andymac86

It will be cool to see what work a great teacher like Lister can do in a few months with a shit load of private work atleastother than a one hit ko if toney does anything to stop randy in the clinch or on the ground i will be impressed

piratepirate site profile image  

6/11/10 11:21 PM by piratepirate

 Good to see Toney is taking this fight seriously, I mean, not much you can do in such a short amount of time, but working with Lister, King Mo, and Babalu will sure help.

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6/11/10 10:51 PM by mr nemo

Getting a feel for the basics of the ground game isn't a dumb move, Dean might be teaching him some useful tricks too,I'm sure he's studied Randy and looked for chinks in his armour.