by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
It’s been rumored over the past few days that UFC legend Randy Couture could be the first test for boxer-turned-MMA-fighter James Toney. On Saturday night, UFC president Dana White confirmed negotiations are ongoing.
The UFC signed Toney, a former boxing world champion, to a multi-fight contract a few months ago. White admitted that he wasn’t 100-percent sure what they were going to do with him for his first fight.
Now it appears he’ll go toe-to-toe with a legend of the Octagon in former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture.
“Yeah I’m working on that, that’s what I’m working on,” said White about the potential fight.
Nothing has been locked down or signed at this point, White went as far as to say “it’s not a done deal,” but did confirm that they are targeting the UFC card in Boston on Aug. 28 as a date for the fight if it does happen. That card is also expected to feature a rematch between Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn for Edgar’s lightweight title.
Couture last fought in February when he took on former UFC heavyweight champion and Hall of Famer Mark Coleman. Following that win, it was rumored that Couture would face former middleweight champion Rich Franklin, but with his involvement in the upcoming main event for June against Chuck Liddell that pulled the Cincinnati fighter out of any potential bout with Couture.
Now Couture could be lined up for one of the biggest draws in MMA history as he may face off against the first former world champion boxer to sign with the UFC. MMAWeekly.com will have more information on the potential bout between Couture and Toney as details become available.