Is James Toney motivated? Is he actually taking UFC 118 seriously? Or is he just cashing a check and hoping for the best?
Today's weigh-in in Boston for the MMA event on Saturday night argues for the latter. At 237 pounds on the scales, Toney has tied his fighting career-high weight, matching the 237 at which he tipped the scales back in 2006 for his first fight with Hasim Rahman. That performance was maybe the most panned of Toney's entire career, as he was clearly out of shape and struggled badly to meet his own standards.
Toney's opponent, Randy Couture, weighed in at 220 pounds.
Also worth noting is that Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports says Toney will make an estimated $750,000 to $1 million for this fight with Couture. So those wondering why he's doing this, there's your answer. In his own words, Toney "can't get no fights" in boxing. He claims it's fear. Those who have followed his boxing career know better. As a stunt in UFC, he'll get handsomely paid.
At the end of the day, James Toney wins, whether he loses or not.