No one is more quick to bash a promotion for putting on freak show fight than Dana White. Which is why it’s a little surprising to see him actually interested in possibly signing aging heavyweight boxer James Toney. In this video via Cagewriter, Dana acknowledges the hypocrisy in signing a fighter such as Toney, yet it doesn’t look like that’s going to stop him from trying to cut a deal. (Via BE)
“Yes, I’m interested,” said White.
In a closed door meeting between White and Toney with only four other people including myself and videographer Don Avila present on Saturday night, the two representatives of the largest fight worlds hashed out early details to see if a fight between a noted pro boxer and MMA fighter is sensible.
“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think it made sense,” said White. “There are a lot of guys out there from boxing that call me but it never made sense. You’re a guy I respect.”
“You’re a mean, nasty, f—–g dude. I’ve been a James Toney fan for a long time. No BS,” said White who cleared out his personnel from UFC’s make-shift office below the MGM Garden Arena to have the impromptu meeting late Saturday night. “Yes I’m interested. I’m interested in doing this and I’ve been talking to my partner Lorenzo (Fertitta) about it and we’re both interested in it. The hard part is I’m the one always talking shit about people who put together a freak show.”
The difference between the UFC and other promotions who put on freak show matches is the latter need the attention such fights give them. The UFC doesn’t, which is why I don’t understand why they’re even willing to entertain the idea of putting Toney in the Octagon. Are the extra millions they might make off him in the short term really worth it?