Dana White on signing of James Toney

Earlier this month, the UFC signed 41-year-old boxing legend James Toney to a multi-fight contract, MMA fans wondered if UFC president Dana White was a hypocrite, after previously bashing other organizations for similar “circus act” moves.

Dana White insisted that he didn’t get Toney to be involved in ‘freak show’ fights, and he respected the boxer’s long list of achievements. However less than four weeks after the signing, White appears to have his doubts about the boxer:

“To be honest, I don’t know why I did it,” White told the Radio City Music Hall crowd. “But we did it. I did this deal and now I have to figure out what to do with him.”

Immediately after the signing, Dana White justified his move by running down the Toney’s extensive resume:

“We threw the kitchen sink at Brock when he came in. Are we going to do that same thing with James? I don’t know. To be 100 percent honest with you, all shit aside, I haven’t thought it out.”

“I like James Toney. He’s one of the greatest boxers ever. I have tremendous respect for him. He said he wanted to fight in the UFC and I was interested. Now he’s here and I have to figure out what to do with him. What we won’t do is make a freak show out of it. I’d be the first to scream if someone else did that, so I’m not going to do it.”

“Hey, I don’t want this to be seen as a joke, and it’s not like Herschel Walker or Canseco or any of those guys. James Toney is a fighter. The worst thing anyone can ever say to me is that they were watching one of my fights and they changed the channel. That’s why I’ll never put shit fights on.”

“James is an interesting case. We know how much talent he has as a boxer and he insists he’ll surprise people by how much MMA he knows. I’ve still got some thinking to do. But if we promote him and he does well and that raises his profile and he gets a Klitschko fight and makes a lot of money for himself and Goossen, I’d be cool with that. But James came to me and he literally chased me around the country to do it, so I’m giving him the chance. We’ll get it figured out one way or another.”

Dana, who confirmed that Toney will still be allowed to box, shared a little about Strikeforce being in talks with the 41-year-old boxer:

“We’ll figure something out. I’m not really sure. Here’s the thing with James: We were sitting around finishing the deal and talking and he told me that he’d been talking to Strikeforce. He said they were talking to him about a fight with Herschel Walker. James said to me, ‘Do you know what I’d do to that fuck?’ He looked at me and said, ‘You know, I have a lot of pride and I’d never do anything to embarrass myself. I’m a fighter. I want to fight. And don’t ever underestimate me.’”

James Toney speaks about how boxing is still his main focus and also comments on signing with the UFC:

“Don’t make wise cracks about my weight, because I’ve been working hard and the next time you see me, you’ll be shocked. Dana put his foot in his mouth and said UFC guys are better fighters than boxers. We’ll see. Everyone who knows anything about fighting knows I’m the purest fighter in the game. There ain’t no secrets.”

“I’ve been fighting a long time. I was born fighting. I know what I’m doing. Boxing is still my main focus, but them guys are a bunch of pussy’s and they don’t want to fight. So I called Dana after he put his foot in his mouth and I’m going to prove he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

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