So it sounds like Dana did end up offering boxer James Toney a fight in the UFC, but the financials were not to Toney’s liking:
“Dana White’s first offer was a joke and that let’s me know he really don’t want to do this…I know [MMA purses don’t compare to major boxing purses], but this offer was laughable. That’s the reason I wanted the camera guy in the room with us when I sat down with Dana, so the fans would know that I was serious and if it didn’t happen, it wasn’t because of me.”
The only thing that video showed was that Toney wasn’t really taking the idea all that seriously and figured a few months of wrestling classes would be enough to get him by. I kinda figured he’d buzz off when he realized Dana White wasn’t going to throw the UFC’s payscale into disarray over him, but note that Toney called this ‘Dana’s first offer’ like he’s expecting a lot more negotiations.
Let’s hope that this is the end of all this. As much as I’d love to see a dumbass boxer get his comeuppance in the octagon, the idea of him getting paid large sums of money that could go to MMA fighters instead bugs me. Besides, the guy doesn’t bring shit to the table. Our boy Shawn lays down truth and Steve Cofield wraps it up:
The whole notion is ridiculous. Toney, 41, is a not draw and hasn’t been in boxing for years. I covered his fight against Samuel Peter at the Seminole Hard Rock in 2007. It wasn’t a sellout, the crowd was lackluster and it had to be one of the worst fights in South Florida history. Both guys were gassed halfway through the fight. Toney’s not even a scary knockout artist, he’s a volume puncher and defensive by nature. What MMA light heavyweight or heavyweight is going to stand there and let Toney peck him to death?
Bringing in over-the-hill guys who’ve taken no pride in conditioning for the last five year is a huge mistake and embarrassing to the sport. You feel bad for these boxers who now realize they can’t make any money but MMA’s not the place to “give it a try.” White doesn’t need to be in the business of being nice.