Monday, 18th February 2019

Conor McGregor knocks down Paulie Malignaggi

Posted on 11. Aug, 2017 by FSM Staff in Boxing, UFC

Conor McGregor knocks down Paulie Malignaggi

The internet is buzzing with the recent news of Conor McGregor’s knockdown of seasoned professional boxer Paulie Malignaggi during a sparring sessions. As everyone knows, Connor McGregor will be the first MMA fighter ever to fight Floyd Money Mayweather in a few weeks in Las Vegas.

Could this all be an elaborate WWE-style hoax to drum up interest in an uncompetitive fight with lagging ticket sales? Is Paulie coming back at Conor with fake beef for releasing pictures of him getting whooped? We’ve seen Paulie complain like this after the fact before, during the Adrian Broner post fight interview when AB revealed he was hooking up with one of Paulie’s girls.

Check out evidence of the knockdown for yourself.

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

UFC Calling Toney?

Posted on 06. Jan, 2010 by FSM Staff in Boxing, UFC

UFC Calling Toney?

I was watching Mickey Rourke in the movie The Wrestler and I couldn’t help but think of all those former great boxers who refuse to stop fighting. The ones who still take punishment just to get paid while at the same time punishing the fans with their poor performances. The faces of Roy Jones Jr., James Toney, and Evander Holyfield popped in to my mind as I watched Randy the Ram wrestle until his heart exploded – first figuratively and then literally. I stared wondering where all those old-school boxers go after they take the gloves off for the last time. Will Roy Jones Jr. eventually open a car lot? Will Holyfield open a Deli? Will James Toney actually try to fight in the UFC?

When you have made a name for yourself doing something, you can always find a way to get paid, even long after the glory days are over. If James Toney was a journeyman boxer, UFC’s Dana White wouldn’t waste a fart on him. But since Toney is a legitimate former champion (in a few different classes) he knows that there is money to be made somehow. Making money ultimately trumps the circus-sideshow nature of Toney’s current relationship with the UFC.

Not that James Toney wouldn’t be a good candidate to crossover to the world of mixed martial arts. He can take a punch to the face and he has knockout punching ability. His portly stature makes him hard to grab and grapplers might have difficulty getting him to the ground because of his weight. If the UFC finds the right opponent I could see an interesting fight. James Toney might even win a round. Not to worry if he loses though. Vince McMahon and the WWF, I mean the WWE, would probably be willing to let Toney host Monday Night Raw or be a general manager on Smackdown.

All kidding aside, I would tune in to see James Toney step in to the octagon or even a steel cage. I just wouldn’t pay for it. If the fight is on cable television I will certainly watch, curious like a cat, to see what happens. But if Toney and friends want me to spend my hard earned money on a pay-pay-per view, they are in for a surprise of epic proportions (well maybe I would spend up to $24.99).


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