“I really would like to see James Toney do good out there. You know what? If Randy goes in there and runs over James Toney in five seconds, I don’t think that does anything. I look for ways to try to build the sport, ways to put more fans in the seats and more money in our pockets. I want to see James Toney go in there and do good… I remember talking to him a while back and he said, ‘BJ, I want to get involved with this stuff.’ And I never… I thought he was just running his mouth at first. I thought we were just, you know, having a conversation. And here he is, here he is. He’s stepping in and fighting a five-time UFC champ on his first fight. The guy’s got some b—-, man. And I give it to him. And I just, I wish the best for him… You know, with Randy it’s going to be tough because he’s got the Greco. He wrestled in college, so he’s got the shot. And if they exchange, they’re going to get caught in a some kind of clinch. And I think it’s going to be tough for him. I just want to see him go out and do good, you know?”

—BJ Penn telling MMA Fighting he would like to see James Toney perform well against Randy Couture this Saturday at UFC 118

You know, I think I have to agree with BJ. Two months ago, I couldn’t have cared less about James Toney coming to the UFC, but now, I’m actually looking forward to it. Slowly but surely, Toney has made me interested, and I’m pretty certain I’m not the only one. Now don’t get me wrong, I won’t be rooting for James Toney on Saturday night, I’m just really impressed with all the attention and interest he has drummed up for the card. As offensive as Toney can be, he brings a unique, polarizing personality that MMA could certainly use more of. Regardless of what happens Saturday night, I’d like to see him come back for another fight, preferably against someone who will really make it interesting — a fellow striker.

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