It felt good. It felt like I hadn’t been inside of a boxing ring in almost a year, you know what I’m saying? But I blame myself. It is what it is. I went in there and I don’t blame nobody but myself. I made a mistake and I paid the price for it. I will be back stronger than ever, I promise you. The thing is, I did it his way. Now is he willing to come do it my way? Nobody in MMA will do it my way. No one will come to boxing and try to show off their hands with me. Nobody in the MMA world can go blow-for-blow with James Toney… At least MMA guys got guts and they will get in a cage with me. The boxing guys are all talk and no walk. My thing is, all of these bums, David Gaye and Bucktooth Bernard Hopkins, talk all that shit; come and see me! They were quiet as mice until they saw I was signed to fight in the UFC and then they all had an opinion. I’m doing both and I ain’t going nowhere. I’m in it for the long run baby. I’m the only two sport athlete out there and I’m doing the 2 most dangerous sports in the world. No other man will try to do that.
—James Toney, via Fight Hype, vowing to return “stronger than ever” to mixed martial arts
The UFC may be done with James Toney, but it sure doesn’t sound like James Toney is done with the UFC. It will be interesting to see if Toney pursues another fight or if this is all just talk. And if he wants another fight, will the UFC give it to him, or will he have to look elsewhere such as Strikeforce to find one?
Also of note, Toney said the MMA fans in Boston were “great.” The atmosphere, the energy, the way the fans hung around the fighter’s hotel from early in the morning to late at night all reminded him of the old days of boxing.
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Update: The only known post-fight interview with James Toney via MiddleEasy: