When James Toney loses to Randy Couture in August, it won’t be because he was lacking good trainers or training partners. As much as we think Rampage’s former coach Juanito Ibarra is a lawsuit-happy douchebag, he’s still the kind of guy you want organizing a boxer’s first MMA training camp. And word just came out now that Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal is also helping Toney by testing his wrestling chops:
“I guess [my phone number] is just out there for anyone to get, I don’t know,” Lawal told MMA Fighting. “But I got a call from a guy named Dave Henderson and he was like, ‘How about coming out and training with Lights Out.’ I was like, ‘You mean James Toney?’ So I came out last week and worked out with him. I was pretty surprised.”
“I didn’t know it was a secret,” Lawal said. “That’s kind of my fault because I didn’t think it was a big deal. But they were like, you know, as far as training goes, keep it under wraps. He said that’s how they do it in boxing so that’s how they’re doing it with this.”
All Lawal could say was that he was brought in not so much as a wrestling coach for Toney, but more as “a measuring stick to see where he’s at.”
Smart tactic. If you want to see how Toney will fare against a solid wrestler who plans to lie on you for the entire fight, then it doesn’t get much better than bringing in King Mo. Well, maybe if he’s accompanied by his bud Antonio ‘Mr Decision’ McKee, who has won 18 of his 24 fights via some of the most epic boring top control I’ve ever seen in my life.
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