James Toney Wants to Keep Fighting MMA, Kimbo Slice More Than Willing to Fight Him

James Toney's trainer claims that Toney showed up for training camp weighing almost 40 pounds more than his eventual fight weight of 237 pounds. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The UFC tried to put Kimbo Slice and James Toney together, but Toney turned it down. Now although the UFC is done with both fighters, it appears there is an opportunity to book that fight. For his part, Kimbo is open to facing Toney, via MMA Fighting:

"I never heard anything about me fighting James Toney, but you know, like I said, again, I'll fight anybody, man. C'mon, everybody knows that about me from my street-fighting days. Put anybody in front of me, train me to be the best, I'll fight the best. That's one thing about Kimbo Slice that everybody knows."     

And Toney's trainer Trevor Sherman, says there is also interest from other promotions in Toney fighting more MMA, again via MMA Fighting:

"I still love James," Sherman said. "I hope he doesn't stop doing MMA, and if the UFC does release him ... trust me -- there's plenty of interest."

Sherman also says that he had wanted Kimbo for Toney:

"I wanted him to fight Kimbo -- I thought he should have done that as a tune-up, but James didn't want a tune-up," Sherman said. "It was his first fight, and it was against one of the best. Randy wouldn't allow any room for error. Randy is probably the best ever at game planning."

Even though the former EliteXC leadership -- ie Gary and Jared 'Skala' Shaw are currently embarking on a boxing career for Kimbo, one would think that there's enough interest in a Kimbo Slice vs James Toney mma fight to get that booked. It would add a lot of drawing power to say, a Strikeforce card on Showtime or even CBS.

The funny thing is, even though Toney vs Slice is still a viable fight economically, I think Dana White made the right call to dump both men from the UFC. He's already gotten a good squeeze out of each fighter and it would potentially erode the promotion's reputation for quality to go back for more.

Booking Kimbo Slice in a boxing bout against James Toney would make no sense. Toney would crush him in all likelihood and with it, any chance to milk Kimbo as a draw in the boxing ring, where Toney hasn't drawn in years.

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