James Toney wanted Lesnar, turned down Kimbo, and settled for Couture

James Toney explains when he first signed with the UFC he wanted to go straight for the belt, for his first fight against Brock Lesnar. The UFC came back with the offer of Kimbo Slice, after he turned that down he finally settled for “The Natural”.

Toney, speaking via MMAFighting.com, said:

“The person I wanted to fight right off the bat was Brock Lesnar. He’s a champion, I’m a champion and I wanted to do it. But they said I couldn’t do that. Then they said, ‘How about Kimbo?’ But I said, ‘That’s too easy. That’s like kicking a little kid’s butt.’ But then Randy started saying he wanted to fight me, so I said, ‘OK, you’re the first one getting it.’”

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