Ricky Hatton thinks Randy Couture will "maul" James Toney at UFC 118. Agree? Disagree? Bet on the fight RISK FREE this weekend at Betclic(credit: Wikipedia
UFC 118 takes place this weekend with UFC legend Randy Couture accepting the challenge of former world champion boxer James Toney
The question of whether a boxer can beat a MMA fighter has been asked many times before and this Saturday we'll find out whether or not Toney can beat Couture.
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For the record, we can't see how Toney's short preparation time can be any match for Couture's years of experience and excellence inside the Octagon. However, all it could take is one good punch from 42-year-old and an upset could be on the cards.
Ahead of Saturday's heavyweight clash in Boston, Massachusetts, here's what some of the biggest names in the UFC and from the boxing industry have to say of the bout.
From the boxing world:
Amir Khan: "Toney has to make his punch count right away, but Couture will be watching for that. In any fight, you need a plan B and I don’t think Toney has one in a UFC fight."
David Haye: "I admire Toney’s courage, but six months of training isn’t going to be enough. As a UFC fan, I know two or three years wouldn’t be enough. He’s delusional here. Couture isn’t only going to end his UFC career inside a minute, he is most likely going to break James’s arm or leg and end his boxing career too."
Ricky Hatton: "James has a very good sense of timing, so there’s a chance he will land the one shot he needs and score a win right away. But, having been ringside at Randy’s fight with the much bigger Brock Lesnar, I think it is almost certain Couture will be able to maul Toney to the fence, take him down, and finish him there."
Miguel Cotto: "Two great fighters, one trained in MMA and one in boxing. In a boxing match, I give it to Toney and in an MMA fight; I have to go with the MMA fighter (Couture)."
Paulie Malignaggi: "The problem is, most boxers, even in their prime, would not last in MMA. These guys know how to grapple and kick, and the same could be said the opposite way – no MMA guy is gonna last in the ring with a boxer if they’re boxing.
"You’re going into somebody else’s domain. And not that Couture is a spring chicken, but if you look at James Toney, he’s always a guy who’s been a close-range fighter – shoulder rolls, dips, counterpunches. He never really had an outside game that was so special.
"He had slow feet and was plodding, but he had good upper body movement. You can’t do that in MMA, especially with Couture, who was a Greco-Roman wrestler. He’ll just wrestle him, take him down, choke him or ground and pound him.
"I don’t see how James Toney can win the fight, even if Couture is the older guy, but the best to both guys."
From the UFC:
Michael Bisping: "I can’t wait to see it to be honest. Can Randy double-leg him inside 10 seconds and do a number on him? Of course he can. But what if Toney lands one shot? That’s what makes this so interesting. What if?"
Dan Hardy: "I respect him greatly as a boxer, and I admire him for backing up his words by actually stepping into the Octagon. Floyd Mayweather talked a ton of crap about UFC fighters, but he ultimately didn’t have the balls to come and back his big mouth up. James Toney does have balls."
Rashad Evans: "(Toney’s) inside fighting capabilities could serve him well given Randy Couture’s clinch game. Look at the Frank Mir and Shane Carwin fight – most of the damage was done to Frank Mir against the cage.
"But if you get a guy like James Toney who knows how to strike off the cage, and who makes a living with inside fighting … I think that could lend some promise to James Toney. It could be a short night if a guy like James Toney lands one of those shots on the inside. He’s definitely the best true boxer out there in the UFC."
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