BJ Penn: “I want to see James Toney go in there and do good.”

Former UFC lightweight champion, BJ Penn has given his thoughts on heavyweight boxer, James Toney making the cross over to mixed martial arts ahead of next weekend’s UFC 118 showdown with Randy Couture, adding it’s a way to build the sport, ways to put more fans in the seats and more money in their pockets.

Penn, speaking via MMAFighting.com, said:

“I really would like to see James Toney do good out there. You know what? If Randy goes in there and runs over James Toney in five seconds, I don’t think that does anything. I look for ways to try to build the sport, ways to put more fans in the seats and more money in our pockets. I want to see James Toney go in there and do good.”

“I remember talking to him a while back and he said, ‘BJ, I want to get involved with this stuff,’ and I never… I thought he was just running his mouth at first. I thought we were just, you know, having a conversation. And here he is, here he is. He’s stepping in and fighting a five-time UFC champ on his first fight. The guy’s got some b—-, man. And I give it to him. And I just, I wish the best for him.”

“You know, with Randy it’s going to be tough because he’s got the Greco. He wrestled in college, so he’s got the shot. And if they exchange, they’re going to get caught in a some kind of clinch. And I think it’s going to be tough for him. I just want to see him go out and do good, you know?”

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