Trainer: Toney will be back in MMA, UFC or not

by Steven Marrocco | source:

"They might have won the battle, but the war ain't over yet," recalled John "Pops" Arthur, Toney's trainer of 12 years, of the boxing champion's words after the fight.

"If a fighter doesn't respond – not just James, but anybody – to his coaches, what can you say?"

"James was so upset. He was so mad, he just wanted to hit [Randy]. He wanted to get close enough to hit him one time because of so many things that happened that night that were going against us.

"There were some things happened that he wasn't happy with. It's personal. It drove him to a whole different level."

"I said, 'Whatever you do, don't stand in front of the kid because the kid's going to try and take you down. [He's] going to take that lead leg. That's what he did.

"I told him he's got to move. I said, 'You've got to get out there and use your boxing skills.'"

"He had those damn cufflinks (ankle supports) on his feet; those damn things that keep you from sliding, and that's another bad thing. "He gave [Couture] something to grab onto."

""If we don't plan on fighting in the UFC, send me the release paper and we'll take it to the next level. I know the UFC is the No. 1 [in mixed martial arts, but if Dana voiced that we don't fight for him anymore, send me the release papers. I don't have any problem with that.

"Once that happens, then I'll start working on stuff. But right now, we're focused on him defending his IBA heavyweight championship."

"He's going to be doing groundwork and boxing. He's going to be a two-sport athlete. The reality is that he wants to do it, and he will do it again. I think the next time I match him up, I'll make sure I'll matchup at least 50-50 equal. The cards were stacked against him."

"I'm going to roll with him – good, bad, and ugly. "The first day I see James getting beat up or hurt, that's the first day he's going to stop fighting."

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CLINTK9 site profile image  

9/4/10 12:52 PM by CLINTK9

Toney vs.KimboButterbeanTankKen ShamrockBob SappI'd watch these Freak Show fights!

supersaiyan site profile image  

9/4/10 9:02 AM by supersaiyan

NONE! ^^^^

William Colosimo site profile image  

9/4/10 8:42 AM by William Colosimo

after that disgraceful performance, what other (smaller) company is gonna give him half a million bucks?

White347LX site profile image  

9/4/10 1:43 AM by White347LX

"The reality is that he wants to do it"If he thinks he can improve and have a better showing in the sport then I'm very happy for him.If edock02 is correct, I hope his next opponent goes for some serious GNP instead of submitting him like Randy did.

edock02 site profile image  

9/4/10 1:33 AM by edock02

u feed an animal for free, its bound to come back for more..That fat fuck is obviously very hungry. Just fuck off already, That idiot made more then most of that card put together.A fkn disgrace for this sport.

Crooklyn site profile image  

9/4/10 12:16 AM by Crooklyn

LOL @ Toney thinking he can squeeze another org for 500k.  Sorry buddy, but the well is dry every where else.

RnK1026 site profile image  

9/4/10 12:10 AM by RnK1026

:facepalm: Stick with boxing or retirement.

supersaiyan site profile image  

9/3/10 12:45 PM by supersaiyan

[quote]Kirik - [quote][quote] ""If we don't plan on fighting in the UFC, send me the release paper and we'll take it to the next level. [/quote]   [/quote]  What next level is there in MMA? [/quote]  imo

MMAINCA site profile image  

9/3/10 12:02 PM by MMAINCA