Quick Quote: Randy Couture says he "Would love to choke the hell out of James Toney"

“I would love to choke the hell out of (James Toney). I think that’s a big piece of MMA and certainly a big piece I’ve been working on. I suspect (the UFC gave me the fight against Toney) because I tend to be a cerebral fighter. They probably realize I have a good chance of taking him down, putting him on his back and making the point that needs to be made. I have a lot of respect for what boxers do and I’ve never had any illusion that I’m a world-class boxer. I’m a mixed martial artist.” – Las Vegas Sun

UFC Hall of Famer Randy “The Natural” Couture heats up the UFC 118 co-main event bout between him and James “Lights Out” Toney. Couture will look to continue his winning ways, after defeating Mark Coleman at UFC 109 and Brandon Vera at UFC 105. The Natural is currently 18-10 in his Mixed Martial Arts career, with 7 TKO’s, 3 Submissions and 8 Decision victories to his record.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Tchelnik/ Tchelnik

    me too

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/WingChun/ WingChun

    “They probably realize I have a good chance of taking him down, putting him on his back and making the point that needs to be made.”

    The point – is not that he or any fighter, boxer or otherwise, can be taken down, but rather, that fighting is neither this, nor that; it’s not standing or on the ground, it’s not just hands and ground and pound, but also knees, shins and elbows.

    The point – could have just as easily been made with a high-level kickboxer; Brandon Vera would have been a great choice to feed JT. A good KB could/would hang on the outside and kick JT or any boxer, to the ground and out of the fight.

    Randy’s game plan – rather then just shoot for the take-down, RC should hang on the outside and work his kicking game. What would Toney do about it? Shoot in or grab a leg and take Randy down? LOL!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Joey-Santosus/ Joey Santosus

    I believe his capabilities are one of the reasons they gave him the fight, but also I think the UFC realizes that no matter the outcome it will not effect Randy’s career. Couture is well established and nothing can take that away, not to mention he is obviously close to hanging it up. This match poses little risk for the UFC or Couture, as opposed to giving Toney a match with a still rising or valuable prospect.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/HugeCleavage/ HugeCleavage

    why should randy stand up and kick james toneys leg when james only chance to win is when they are standing up? Randy is not a kickboxer it will be to risky for him to stand up with james toney. Randy should do what he does best= Wrestling!. I can see Randy pounding james toneys face and cut his face here and there and then finnish with a submission.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/WingChun/ WingChun

    @ Huge

    My point – would be for him to be on the outside kicking, not in; and I wouldn’t expect Toney’s camp to be expecting that. I think it’s equally as dangerous to say to a fighter, I’m just going to take you down and please note, I never said he should stand and trade punches with JT; just kicks; Randy’s extended leg will be longer (in reach) then Toney’s extended arm. That is my only point about kicking Toney or any other boxer – in the thigh.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/HugeCleavage/ HugeCleavage

    I didnt say you meant trading punches either :) and i totally understand your point but at the same time if randy stands there and try to kick JT legs he is still taking a huge risk to get caught with a punch. like i said randy is not a kickbooxer if it was brandon vera fighting JT your strategy about kicking legs whould be awesome! cuz that is what vera does best kickboxing.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Bluntsandbeers/ bluntsandbeers

    @ chun

    i agree with cleavage, although i do seee where your comming from. i think both of you guys are right to a certain extent. randy cant just come in and shoot for double leg after double leg, well because his double leg sucks and hes too old to be explosive with it. so he needs to stand and work it like he did with vera and clinch and dirty box toney all night. hes going to wear him down against the cage mark my words 😛

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/WingChun/ WingChun

    @ Huge

    Be it resolved – that Randy will be taking him down and that your endorsement of that strategy, is a well founded one. I believe you (and I) will be happy with the outcome. I hope you enjoy the fight.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Drewfloyd/ Drewfloyd

    Toney just cant convince me. I mean a world accomplished Greco roman wrestler up against a world class boxer whos been working on his ground skills for mabye a year and a half at the most? im sorry but when toney gets taken down he’s staying down.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Moots/ moots

    I agree with the reasoning for selecting RC to fight Toney, but I don’t agree that this fight poses just a little risk to the UFC. If someone with, correct me if I’m wrong, but ~9 months off MMA training even with the boxing pedigree of Toney, can bust in and take out an MMA legend, then unfortunately MMA loses something. Modern MMA says you must be well-rounded to be competitive in this sport. And with all the crap Toney has been talking about boxing being better than MMA, even if we all know that is absurd or comparing apples to oranges, it does lend some legitimacy to his claims and some legitimacy away from MMA. That’s my opinion.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Moots/ moots

    If Toney gets beat badly enough, I think we all know that he won’t stick around in the MMA game. He will make some excuses like that MMA has stupid rules or that Randy must be gay because he took him down or something ridiculous. Personally I would love to see him get demolished and then send him back to the dying sport of boxing – not because I hate boxing, but because I hate what he has been saying leading up to this fight and I hate his disrespectful attitude.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Postmortem/ postmortem

    i think that randys age also had alot to do with them picking him for this match toney is in his early forties if they would of put some young guy like patt barry in to kick his leg off people could of called shennanigans on account of toneys age. with randy there is no arguement randys older than toney.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Joey-Santosus/ Joey Santosus

    And its a valid opinion. However, that entirely depends on the manner in which Toney wins. I do not feel as tho Toney knocking out Couture with a punch will take even the slightest bit away from modern mma. Now if he were to submit Randy or out wrestle him, then mma stands to lose, but I am fairly certain that will not happen. A professional boxer of Toney’s caliber knocking out even the most respected mixed martial artist should not be a shock to anyone. After all, boxing is a martial art and has been a part of mma since day one…. Lets not forget Art Jimmerson entered the UFC’s inaugural 8-man competition with one taped hand and one boxing glove.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Azzkika/ azzkika

    Who will Toney be served up if he beats couture?

    If he goes on a 4 or 5 fight win streak? Title shot?

    What if he clears out the division?

    Probably a million to one shot but what if?????

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Joey-Santosus/ Joey Santosus

    5 – 1 odds against Santa Claus?