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Former boxing champion James Toney signs multi-fight deal with UFC

    Thu, 2010-03-04 19:05 — Bevois

    LAS VEGAS -- Boxer James Toney is taking a crack at mixed martial arts, signing a multifight deal with UFC.

    The 41-year-old Toney, a former super middleweight and cruiserweight champion, fought Roy Jones Jr., Evander Holyfield, John Ruiz and Hasim Rahman in a career that spanned more than two decades. But he hasn't had a significant title shot since March 2006, and he also tested positive for steroids twice.

    UFC president Dana White believes Toney has the proper attitude to succeed in a crossover to MMA.

    Toney, 72-6-3 as a fighter, isn't the first athlete to try the move to mixed martial arts. Herschel Walker won his MMA debut for Strikeforce on Jan. 30, and former boxer Ricardo Mayorga will make his MMA debut May 15 for a small Florida-based promotion.

    The UFC hasn't determined the date or opponent for Toney's MMA debut.

    "We have been working on stretching, sprawling and movement, all the things he will need to get a handle on," Juanito Ibarra, who is working with Toney, told Sherdog.com on Wednesday. Ibarra is the former trainer of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

    sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story

    Scotty's picture

     Good to see another boxer

     Good to see another boxer stepping up to fight. this can only lead to more and more boxers switching over shouldnt be long before we see some top guys coming over to MMA.
     
    Question is what is dana going to do with him? Bring him up easy or feed him to the wolves? 

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    KibunInc's picture

    From a promotors stand point

    From a promotors stand point I think Dana will bring him up easy in order to bring over the boxing crowd. From an MMA point of view he will get slaughtered.

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    Scotty's picture

    slaughter would be good! lol

    slaughter would be good! lol

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    Iceman778's picture

     yes he is ......... no doubt

     yes he is ......... no doubt

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