Randy Coutur is giving former world champion boxer James Toney a chance to beat him in their heavyweight fight on Aug. 28 — even when few others are.
“I don’t think it’s a freak show. I give him credit for the things he’s accomplished in boxing. I certainly accomplished a lot of things in wresting that nobody gave me credit for when I made my way in to MMA."
“Those combative sports count for something. James is going to be dangerous.”
“I would love to choke the hell out of him. I think that’s a big piece of MMA and certainly a big piece I’ve been working on.”
“I suspect it’s because I tend to be a cerebral fighter,” Couture said of why UFC brass chose him to welcome Toney to the sport. “They probably realize I have a good chance of taking him down, putting him on his back and making the point that needs to be made.”
“I’m not the one saying, ‘boxers suck.’ I have a lot of respect for what boxers do and I’ve never had any illusion that I’m a world-class boxer," Couture said. "I’m a mixed martial artist.”
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