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.”
According to Sherdog.com, Toney will prepare for his mixed martial arts debut with Juanito Ibarra. Ibarra said, “We have been working on stretching, sprawling and movement, all the things he will need to get a handle on.”
Toney owns an impressive professional boxing record of 72-6-3-2 which includes titles in six different weight classes.
Following the announcement, UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture said via twitter, “I hope I’m the first guy they call to fight Toney!” Other possible opponents include the likes of former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin and Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson.
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