Freddie Roach. Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images North America
“I think they’re using James as a way to say MMA fighters are better than boxers,” he said. “If he fights a quality ground guy, once he goes to the ground he’s gonna get killed. But if a guy chooses to stand up with James, James is gonna destroy him. That’s why they call him ‘Lights Out.’ I really don’t think there’s one fighter in MMA that could stand with James.”
—Boxing trainer Freddie Roach provides his thoughts on James Toney signing with the UFC and how his skills will translate to mixed martial arts.
James Toney knocks out Matthew Greer in the second round of their heavyweight bout. Renay Johnson/FightWireImages.com
After months of speculation, it has been announced that UFC president Dana White and current NABO and IBA heavyweight champion James Toney have come to terms on a multi-fight contract that will see Toney grace the octagon.
“Dana is a business man and he’s done a great job with the UFC and he brought it back to the top of the game,” Toney told fighthype.com. “Now he has the top dog in boxing in his organization and it’s going to flourish even more now. Like I said, I’m already a heavyweight boxing champion and now I’m coming to the UFC.”