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James Toney Strikes Deal with UFC

Posted on 07. Mar, 2010 by FSM Staff in Boxing, UFC

James Toney Strikes Deal with UFC

The WWE style courtship* between James Toney and Dana White has finally ended with the news that Toney signed a multi fight deal with the UFC. This deal was announced by ESPN on March 3.

Though James Toney is not the first boxer to cross over in to the world of mixed martial arts, he is definitely the most celebrated boxing champion that has tried. This event is much more significant to MMA and organizations like the UFC than when other big stars have tried in the past like Jose Canseco and Herschel Walker. Toney is proven, legitimate, and longstanding. He has been a champion in a contact sport similar to MMA and has defeated some worthy adversaries. Guys like Canseco and Walker are simply above average athletes who had a few really great seasons.

Dana White and the UFC are moving very slowly with Toney’s debut which is a wise move. Toney’s mere presence in the organization will generate buzz and should bring in a few new fans. There is no sense in losing this modest amount of fanfare by having Toney get knocked out in a hasty debut.

Boxing fans know how this story will end. James Toney’s work ethic declined in his final few years while his weight increased and increased. To those on the outer fringe of the sport (the fans), it appeared as if Toney was unwilling to put in the work that was needed for a fighter his age. What has changed since that time? Unless Toney has found some new motivating force in his life, he is only older at age 41.

While Toney is working with the former trainer of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, there is no doubt that Dana White is scouring the earth looking for a safe first opponent.

 *for a review of the antics leading up to this deal click here: http://freesportsmagazine.com/2010/01/ufc-calling-toney

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