Randy Couture had no trouble submitting James Toney at UFC 118. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Randy Couture didn't even give James Toney a chance.
Toney, the boxing veteran and formerly one of the best fighters in the entire sport, gave mixed martial arts a chance tonight in Boston at UFC 118, and was immediately taken down and dominated by the 47-year-old Couture. Toney submitted in the first round to an arm triangle choke.
It was exactly what most expected. Toney, who weighed in at a career-high tying 237 pounds for the fight, was out of shape and overweight, but he should be given some respect for having the guts to get in there and not just try MMA, but go against an all-time great in the sport.
And it surely didn't hurt that Toney will make up to $1 million for the fight, either.
There's not a whole lot to analyze with this one. Toney was overwhelmed, out of his element, and looked helpless on the mat. Couture had his way with a skilled boxer. It was not competitive.
I wouldn't be shocked to see Toney, famous again (even in a loss), get another major fight in boxing. There are few heavyweights with his current notoriety, and coming back to "his house" would be easy to hype. We'll see what happens for James Toney in the future. But tonight was not an all-time highlight for sure.