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James Toney is Ready for Randy Couture on UFC 118

Written on August 16, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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James Toney said he is ready to take down the legendary Randy Couture, but with a few detractors and specifics.

James , after his debut last two weeks ago, is still sending mixed signals about his martial arts training and his respect for sport as he is preparing for .

Toney, who was on the conference for the upcoming event used some of the Q&A portion to devour chances and skills of his legendary opponent . He explained why he’ll win the game. The champion find specifics on his new sport, saying that he was “born to win” and that “James don’t lose”.

“You’ll see James do what he does best and that’s knock his head off,” Toney said. “You know, like I said, I’m not worried about whatever Randy’s going to do. Randy’s going to be Randy, James will be James, you know what I’m saying? Whatever happens, happens. But you know what, I’m winning, point blank, hands down. If he decides to get close to me, he knows it’s a wrap for him.”

While he is in confidence of his ability to punch, he hasn’t completed the aspects of a complete game. It would be nearly impossible in the short period of time he had to prepare for the best of the circumstances. When asked about Couture’s unrelenting skills in wrestling and takedowns Toney just offered one liner answers.

“Randy’s good at what he does, I’m great at what I do,” he said. “Now he’s talking about he’s going to lay on top of me? God bless him, but I ain’t no female so I ain’t going down like that. He’s getting knocked out.”

Meanwhile when asked about the inclusion of kicking in his strike he said, “kicking is for girls,” before saying that grappling is the easiest transition for him, “it’s like it came naturally to me.” Toney had been training for 1 1months and though he hasn’t name any of his trainers, Toney’s camp was being with Trever Sherman at M-1 Global USA Training Center in California.

Toney also had Brazilian skills wherein he is a black belt Dean Lister for a period of time.

“It’s not how much you learn but how fast you learn,” he said. “I’m ready to go. Whatever, wherever, it doesn’t matter. I’m born to win. Check my record, check my DNA.”

A recent convert Philadelphia fighter Bernard Hopkins who had recently announced that he is an MMA fan right now thinks that Toney has no chance on Couture. “ is out of his league,” he said. “ is in boxing. You’ve got to bow down when it comes to that. His record speaks for itself. He does well, more than well in boxing. But when you go against a legend in his own sport, I believe that the best MMA or UFC guy goes up against the best boxer in the world in their arena … He’s going to get his ass kicked. Whether it’s Floyd, Pacquiao or Bernard Hopkins. It’s not what we do.”

An Toney fired back, “I don’t care about the boxing community,” he said. “I care about James Toney. It’s about James Toney and Randy Couture. It’s not about James Toney and boxing.”

Couture just sat back and observed his opponent, stating that he doesn’t plan to make the fight with Toney longer than it will be and that there is no pressure in carrying MMA against boxing.

“You know, I don’t really choose to plug into that kind of pressure,” he said. “I think the sport’s going to be fine regardless of the outcome of this fight. You know, we’ve been expanding globally and the sport’s really taken off, so I don’t feel any extra pressure in that circumstance. I’ve been out there representing the sport of mixed martial arts in a lot of ways for a long, long time so that’s nothing new. This is a little different circumstance. Before it was because nobody understood who we were or what we did and why we got in a cage to fight, and now it’s just, you know, the technical engagement of mixed martial arts versus predominately a boxer.”

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