Randy Couture feeling confident ahead of UFC 118 bout with James ToneyPosted on August 12, 2010, 12:04 PM by Daniel Cassidy
With fans already spoiled for choice with so many events this August, you can be sure nobody will want to miss Randy Couture's upcoming battle with boxing legend James "Lights Out" Toney. Couture looks to prove that MMA is the dominant sport, and aims to do it on August 28th, at UFC 118. Despite Couture being 47 and Toney being 41, both promise an action packed bout to settle the ongoing debate.
Yet despite his age, Couture is feeling confident in his skills ahead of the Heavyweight class. Speaking to MMAMania, Couture was happy to discuss the fight. When asked how Toney's loss would affect boxing, The UFC Hall of Famer told them:
"There's no risk. I don't understand why people keep saying that. How is it a risk? This is a fight that garners a whole bunch of eyes from the boxing world as well as other areas and can bring new fans over to MMA. He started running his mouth about all the guys he wanted to knock out in MMA and my name was on that list. I said "Alright then, let's see if you can get it done."
He also spoke about how a loss could affect himself:
"James Toney poses all kinds of problems. There's a lot of unknowns coming into this fight, not just for him, but for me as well. Look at what he's accomplished in the sport of boxing, some of the names he's beaten. He's a dangerous opponent and I think an interesting opponent. The bottom line is there's a lot more going on in this sport than whether I win or lose. As far as I'm concerned, all you have to do is look at what he's done in boxing. That has to count for something."
Couture also spoke of his desire to return to the LightHeavyweight division, where he is also a former Champ:
"It's always been a deep division and that just goes to show you why it's been the top weight class in the UFC for so long. Any one of these guys on any given day are capable of winning it. There's a lot of tough son-of-a-bitches in that division. "Shogun" Rua is a hell-of-an interesting fight for me. Machida was and still is, an interesting cat, title or no title, the way he fights. There's so many guys who would make a great match-up. I'm just happy to be competing against guys my size and not these monsters in the heavyweight division like Brock Lesnar, Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez. But I'm still confident that I could hold my own at either weight."
Even though he has a fight just around the corner, Couture is currently promoting his upcoming movie release, The Expendables, The Natural also spoke about his enjoyment of the experience:
"I enjoyed the fight scenes. The higher I picked up the stuntmen and the harder I dropped them, the happier they were and kept coming back for more. It was a lot of fun. The monologue was interesting because I had a couple of pages of dialogue. The physical stuff was second nature but the acting part, trying to deliver your lines and actually getting it right was nerve-wracking."
Randy Couture and Co-Star Stone Cold Steve Austin at the Premier of their movie, The Expendables.