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UFC 118: James Toney vs Randy Couture in the works for August 28


Looks like the UFC is going to have its own 40-40 club.

Past-his-prime pugilist James Toney wants to prove that boxing (with takedown defense) trumps mixed martial arts on any given Saturday -- and he may finally get the chance to do it against former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Randy Couture at UFC 118 on August 28 in Boston.

UFC President Dana White confirmed the bout was in the works at last Saturday's "Aldo vs. Faber" media festivities.

"Lights Out" has enlisted the help of Juanito Ibarra, perhaps best known as the former trainer of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson to help him transition to MMA. Despite his rookie status, the NABO heavyweight boxing champion has called out everyone from Chuck Liddell to Brock Lesnar, citing his desire to tests himself against "the best."

You know the old saying, be careful what you wish for.

No one will ever mistake "The Natural" as a world class striker, but he's as good (or better) than anyone in the game today at identifying an opponent's weakness and exploiting it. Also consider his wrestling background and experience inside the cage and this folks, is what we call "having a puncher's chance."

It's just a question of how long Couture allows Toney to stay upright.

UFC 118 is expected to feature a lightweight bout between current 155-pound contenders Kenny "KenFlo" Florian and Gray "The Bully" Maynard as they try to stake their claim to the winner of a possible championship rematch between Frankie "The Answer" Edgar and BJ "The Prodigy" Penn, also expected on the Aug. 28 card.

Stay tuned to for more updates to the UFC's debut in Boston as they become available.

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