UFC 118 features the rematch between lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and former lightweight champion BJ Penn on August 28 at the TD Garden in Boston. Weeks and days leading to their championship rematch, the co-main event featuring the UFC debut of NABO and IBA heavyweight boxing champion James Toney and five-time UFC champion Rany Couture seems to be getting more hype and attention. This is courtesy mostly of the trash talking Toney who at 42 years old is crossing over from boxing to mixed martial arts.
Toney has been begging Dana White to put him in a UFC match and White being a former boxer and boxing fan himself willingly obliged. This could well be a cruel joke on Toney as he is being matched up with no less than the legendary Randy Couture. Toney has called out Brock Lesnar for a UFC match but he is now “settling for Couture”. The 42-year old boxer claims that he can just walk in the octagon and knock out just about anyone.
While this may be true since the UFC uses 4-ounce gloves, Toney scoring a knockout win may not be that easy. He does have a chance if he gets a clear shot given his boxing skills but Couture could easily go for a takedown. Once the fight gets on the ground, then it could be “lights out” for Toney.