UFC President Dana White has always freely voiced his opinion in the public on fight predictions. White, a boxing fan himself has said time and time again that a boxer could not make it in MMA without being trained in all aspects of MMA. White would insinuate that if he is just a boxer, it’s a freak fight, which he does not condone.
Surprisingly enough though the UFC President signed boxing champ James “Lights Out” Toney to the UFC, and will have him compete against a legend in the sport Randy Couture for his first bout .
“I think James Toney is going to lose too,” White said Monday on The MMA Hour, when questioned about his signing of Toney. This following comments that he believes Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao would both lose in a fight under MMA rules.”
“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 questioned by a caller on the show on why he chose to put Toney in with a wrestler that would negate his stand up.
“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.”
“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.
Toney will be fighting Couture in a heavyweight bout at UFC 118 on Aug. 28 in Boston, Mass. to once again try and answer the question of MMA vs Boxing.