It’s finally official.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship and legendary boxing champion James Toney have come to terms on a multi-fight deal after months of Toney making it clear that he wanted a contract with the top mixed martial arts promotion. The news was broke by FiveOuncesOfPain.com. Mike Chiappetta of MMAfighting.com later confirmed the news after speaking with Dana White.
Toney and White discussed a possible contract months ago, but it seemed as though the hopes were low for the UFC to bring Toney into the world of mixed martial arts after an alleged offer fell short of expectations. However, it appears that Toney now will be the most famous boxer ever to attempt the move to MMA.
As a professional boxer, Toney gained a record of 72-6-3 with a pair of no contests. Toney has earned six title throughout his extremely successful career fighting in several different weight classes. Toney’s last professional boxing match was a technical knockout victory in Sept. over Matthew Greer.
There is no set date for Toney’s debut in mixed martial arts, nor is there a specific opponent for the decorated boxer. However, with the constant competition between mixed martial arts and boxing, the UFC will probably not be keeping Toney on the sidelines for very long.
Tags: Dana White, James Toney, Mixed Martial Arts, UFC