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Toney-Couture Weigh-In: Toney Matches Career-High Weight

Toney's weight issues are nothing new to boxing fans who've followed his career since his standout days as a middleweight. But post-2003, Toney's has carried considerable flab going into significant fights. After coming at a good weight of 217 for Evander Holyfield in 2003, Toney's average weight over his last 10 fights has been 230 pounds, far too much for his frame.

The rumors of James Toney being in “good shape” were nothing more than smoke and mirrors, as the boxer known as “Lights Out” hit the scales yesterday for UFC 118 at a career-high 237 pounds.

Toney’s weight issues are nothing new to boxing fans who’ve followed his career since his standout days as a middleweight champion in the early 90s. But for nearly a decade, Toney has carried considerable flab going into significant fights. After coming at a good weight of 217 for Evander Holyfield in 2003, Toney’s average weight over his last 10 fights has been 230 pounds, far too much for his frame.

He seemed to be briefly redidcated last year, when he showed up to his fight against Matthew Greer back at his 2003 weight of 217. But yesterday (August 27), Toney was back to matching his career high of 237 pounds.

Randy Couture, 47, weighed in at 220 pounds. It will be his second fight of the year. In February, Couture submitted Mark Coleman with a rear naked choke at UFC 109. He has been installed as a -800 favorite to win.

James Toney, 42, is making his UFC debut tonight. He boasts a boxing record of 72-6-3, and is promising an early knockout.

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A sideshow at its finest. If you’re on this site you are likely an avid follower of boxing, and know James Toney is far gone as an elite boxer.

Randy Couture has no doubt seen better days, as now he is a 47-year-old athlete. But the Natural is facing Toney in a sport he’s dedicated his whole life to. Outside of an extremely foolish move (like attempting to trade with Lights Out), he should be able to take Toney down rather easily and end matters in the first round with either a submission, or a KO from mounted strikes. If he’s seeking to humiliate Toney, who’s never been knocked out despite competing from middleweight up to heavyweight, he’ll go for the latter.

Just like a UFC fighter would be out of his league against a veteran pugilist in a boxing ring, we’ll see the same tonight with James Toney in the Octagon. He’s getting paid roughly $750,000, so perhaps the payday is worth the embarrassment.

UFC 118 is available tonight on PPV starting at 9PM ET.

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