Despite being ‘done’ with the UFC after losing his MMA debut to Randy Couture last month, boxer James Toney is apparently aiming for a quick return to MMA action as he hopes to fight at UFC 123 on Nov. 20 in his hometown of Detroit.
“If they want to sell any tickets in Detroit, they should put me on there,” Toney told FightHype. “Bitch ass ‘Rampage’ can’t sell no tickets in my hometown.”
Though his performance in a lopsided first-round submission to Couture did little to back up his $500,000 payday, which topped the UFC 118 fighter salaries, Toney’s pre-fight trash talk may have paid off for the UFC, but UFC President Dana White left little room for a possible return.
“He’s a boxer and that’s what he does. He wanted a fight in the UFC, he picked a fight with our guys, and he fought tonight,” White said after UFC 118. “He’s a tough guy. I have a lot of respect for him, but you can’t expect a guy to come in with one discipline and do well. He stepped up, he came in and did it. He picked a fight and he got one.”