Couture Speaks about Toney: "I’ll see if he knows how to stop a double leg."Posted on May 17, 2010, 10:08 AM by Daniel Cassidy
With the bout all but signed by this stage, UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture spoke about his next opponent, world Champion boxer James Toney. While nobody can question Toney's punching skills, his abillity to fight in the clinch and off his back are always going to be a big factor, as nobody knows exactly how much MMA Toney has learned since committing himself down the path of what he calls his "part time job".
Even Couture, who's "dirty boxing from clinch range is perhaps second to no one in the LHW division, knows his biggest advantage is to take the fight to the ground, and not let Toney control the fight. Couture admits he wont stand with the pro boxer, but try to take him down. Speaking via HEAVY.com, Randy said:
“The Toney fight doesn’t really put me any closer to that [title shot], but it’s an interesting fight. For the last 13 years, we’ve been compared to boxers. Boxers start running their mouths and saying they’re going to knock every MMA guy out. Now one of them finally signed on the dotted line and wants to step up. I’m not going to stand around and trade punches. I’ll see if he knows how to stop a double le
Toney applauded Couture's courage in agreeing to step into the cage with him, but promised that if somebody tries to take him down, he would "knock them into space". Until the fight however it remains to be seen if the past five months Toney has spent MMA training will allow him to learn enough takedown defence to keep the fight where he needs it; on the feet.
While many are billing this as a test to see which of the two combat sports are better, personally, i see it as a well rounded MMA veteran vs an MMA beginner, with exceptional hands, and 5 months of training.