Butterbean almost had James Toney for MoosinPosted on May 12, 2010, 06:18 PM by Daniel Cassidy
Despite the recent announcement that James Toney is all but confirmed to face Randy Couture at UFC 118, it seems he wasnt always certain to sign for UFC. Today Eric Butterbean Esch announced his company were on the verge of signing Toney before UFC got the pro boxer.
Speaking about it, Esch said:
"We had Toney committed to our card, but the UFC flew him to Las Vegas the day before he was to sign with us and they locked him up. Believe me, they're not doing any favors throwing him in there against Couture. Couture won't stand up with Toney, he'll just jerk him down and beat the snot out of him. That's not a good fight. To make good fights, you need a stand-up guy against a stand-up guy, or a take-down guy against a take-down guy. A lot of boxers have tried [MMA] and not had success. It's important to know the differences, otherwise you look like Michael Jordan trying to play baseball."
Esch's company's first card will be on May 21st, in Massechausetts. It will be called Moosin:God of Martial Arts. The card is headlined by Tim Sylvia vs Marius Pudzianowski. It aslo features Yves Edwards and Travis Lutter.
Interestingly, Sylvia is also scheduled to face off against Wes Sims just 15 days later, will Pudzianowski fought only his second MMA bout what will be 14 days prior to the main event.