Dana White: I Think James Toney Is Going to Lose

Although UFC president Dana White was the one who agreed, hesitantly, to sign James Toney to fight Randy Couture, he doesn't think Toney will stand much of a chance against the UFC Hall of Famer.

"I think James Toney is going to lose too," White said Monday on The MMA Hour, when questioned about his signing of Toney even though he believes Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao would both lose in a fight under MMA rules.

White eased off his prediction shortly by stating that Couture has more tools than the longtime boxer/MMA newcomer Toney. "To be honest, who knows if he's going to lose?" White said. "I say it all the time about all different kinds of fights. You never know until they fight, but if you look at the things and you weigh it out. He has a puncher's chance of course. Can he clip Couture and knock him out? Of course of he could, but all signs point to Randy Couture should win the fight."

White was also asked by a caller why he would put a wrestler against Toney, a type of fighter most likely to cripple Toney's boxing strengths.

"Why would I put him in with a wrestler? Why not? " White said. "Why would I put Randy Couture in with a boxer? This isn't boxing. It's mixed martial arts. Couture's a wrestler. Couture's going to try to implement his game, and Toney's going to try to implement his, and we'll see who wins."

Toney will be meeting Couture in a heavyweight bout at UFC 118 on Aug. 28 in Boston, Mass. it's a fight that will surely energize the everlasting discussions of how boxers would fare in MMA.

"I kind of got talked into doing this thing and it's a fight -- I signed James Toney and now it's going to happen," White said. "It's interesting and we'll see how it goes down.
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