When James Toney fought his one fight in the UFC, losing in an embarrassing bout with Randy Couture, he made a disclosed $500,000. He has continued to claim that he is highest paid fighter in the history of the UFC and, in a recent video interview with Elie Seckbach, said that he made over $1.5 million and is still getting paid by the UFC. I have no real way to verify how his contract was structured, but it's still fair to say that James made way more to fight in his lone UFC bout than he would have gotten for any boxing match at that point in his career. It was an amount well beyond Toney's value and one that seems to have been paid mostly to make a point.
Regardless, in the same interview, James was asked if he knew that Quinton Jackson had called him out for a boxing match and was told that Rampage is upset with the UFC because they "don't pay him and don't treat him nicely" in Elie's words.
First, the video:
Here's what James had to say about Rampage:
That's what you get for being a slave to the white man. Don't be scared. Step up and speak for yourself. That's why I got paid the million-and-a-half dollars and am still getting paid by the UFC. You know what I'm sayin'? The highest paid fighter ever. You feel me, fat boy? Me. And you been there...what, twenty years and you're getting paid pennies? While I make millions?
Rampage, if you wanna fight me boy? Come on down to the gym and I'll give you a job. ...you could be the sparring partner. I pay $50 for a sparring partner.
The subject of the MMA bout Toney was supposed to have with Ken Shamrock was also raised.
And James (predictably) didn't have very nice things to say about Ken:
The most dangerous girl in the world. They couldn't afford me because they didn't have money and some bulls**t.
...he would get knocked out. He knows it, that's why he scared. I mean business, I don't play.
Toney is coming off a monstrous beating at the hands of Denis Lebedev last November and is currently set to face Bobby Gunn in Mississippi. If I had to guess why Toney, born in Michigan and living in California, is facing Gunn, known as "The Celtic Warrior," born in Canada and living in New Jersey, in Mississippi, I'd have to guess it has something to do with the fact that James might have trouble getting licensed in a state with a halfway decent commission.
His speech is starting to sound very slurred, even for James and that beating Lebedev handed him was very hard to watch.