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The elephant in the room during MMA's discipline versus discipline days was the sport of boxing.

The bout between 10-time UFC champion Randy Couture (18-10 MMA, 15-7 UFC) and former boxing champion James Toney (0-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is targeted for the UFC's first trip to Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday August 28 2010.


Randy Couture has been tasked with knocking some sense into James Toney.



41 year old James "Lights Out" Toney, with 80 professional fights will make his MMA debut against one of the most decorated fighters in the history of the sport, Olympic Greco Roman Wrestler Randy "The Natural" Couture.
Can a strict boxer really cut it in Mixed Martial Arts at a high level?
A topflight boxer never seriously competed in the UFC. Most memorably, Art Jimmerson wore one boxing glove for his bout with Royce Gracie at at UFC 1 In November 1993.
As an amateur, Jimmerson was the 1983 National Golden Gloves Middleweight champion. He finished his boxing career in 2002, with a record of 33-18.
Jimmerson competed in the very first UFC competition, losing to Royce Gracie while wearing only one boxing glove; he has since been nicknamed Art "One Glove" Jimmerson. Since there were no gloves in the first UFC, Art didn't want to get his jab hand hurt, so he wore a boxing glove in the match on his left hand.
His loss to Gracie came by submission after being taken to the ground and tapping out in less than two minutes into the first round . This was his one and only fight in the UFC.
And former WBO World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Ray Mercer fought Kimbo Slice in an Cage Fury exhibition. Internet street fighting legend Kimbo Slice won the fight in the first round with a guillotine choke submission.
On June 13, 2009, Mercer defeated former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia at Adrenaline III: Bragging Rights. He won the fight via knockout in 9 seconds, becoming the first man to ever defeat Sylvia by knockout. He then called out Eric Esch (most of you know him as butterbean) after the fight.

The Boxer vs. The Wrestler.

Toney is not without a chance against Couture. Thanks to Toney's boxing ability and MMA's four-ounce gloves, he will be extremely dangerous for as long as the fighters stay on their feet.
Given Couture's skill and wrestling ability that likely won't be long.
These matchups are usually a dissappointment but Tony brings in money and this PPV will likely break all the records.
Unfortunately it looks as if Tony is being set up to fail by Dana White.
There is widespread doubt that Toney is taking his training seriously or that he has a contingency plan if he isn't able to knock out Couture in the first few minutes of the fight.

- Not content with biting off more than most can chew with taking on hall-of-famer Randy Couture, Toney has declared he wants BROCK LESNAR next. IF Toney beats Randy- a pretty big frikken IF,
We will find out on Saturday night.
 

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Re: James "Lights Out" Tony vs. Randy "The Natural" Couture

I say Couture knocks him out in the first round. Tony is a boxer, a stand up fighter. He won't know what to do with himself when Couture puts him on the mat and starts givin 'em the ole ground n' pound.

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Re: James "Lights Out" Tony vs. Randy "The Natural" Couture


For those who didn't see the fight, Couture took Toney down immediately to the mat with a single leg takedown. He then mounted him and slugged him a few times, tagged him with some elbows and then mercifully chocked Toney until he tapped out at 3:19 of the round. Toney never landed anything.

 
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