Last Call for Toney

By Jake Rossen Dec 7, 2010
James Toney’s 15 minutes in MMA really amounted to 15 seconds: that was approximately how long it took Randy Couture to shoot a low single leg and end any discussion of Toney’s value as a mixed martial artist.

If you expected that would convince Toney of the same, you don’t know this guy: Toney told FightHype.com that he was looking for a fight with Quinton Jackson based on comments Jackson made to “Inside MMA” about standing up with the boxer.

“I will go on record and say he is not dumb enough to stand and trade with me,” Toney said. “Machida almost knocked him out, so what do you think I would do to him?”

The contradiction of Toney’s MMA career is that the most interesting fight left for him -- against a striker who would look to use his kickboxing ability and keep the fight standing -- is too pricey for any promotion but the UFC, which may be out of the Toney business: he received a disclosed $500,000 salary for the Couture fight. If K-1 stumbles as badly as some expect in the coming year -- victims of the flatlining Japanese fight scene -- here’s hoping they’ve got enough in the till to give Toney what he’s asking for.
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