MANILA, Aug. 25 -- Mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Randy Couture hopes former boxing champ James Toney is doing his homework before he steps inside the Octagon for a boxing versus MMA match in UFC 118.
The 47-year-old Couture has responded to Toney’s challenge for a classic battle between MMA and boxing. It will be settled at the TD Garden in Boston on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). “I think we will decide if James is just that cocky and arrogant that he thinks he's gonna stroll in there bully as a boxer and get the job done. I'm sincerely hoping that he's doing his homework and he's trying to learn some other things,” said Couture.
Couture, an accomplished Greco-Roman wrestler and 5-time UFC champion, said taking on Toney inside the Octagon would help settle the argument on which sport is better: boxing or MMA.
HOUSTON, Aug. 25 -- Houston Rockets All-Star center Yao Ming is confident that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season after a team doctor declared his surgically repaired foot fully healed.
Yao missed last season after undergoing complex surgery on his left foot in July 2009. Team doctor Tom Clanton has cleared Yao to resume basketball activities. The Rockets had said all along that they expected Yao to play in 2010-11. Yao was still relieved when he got the official diagnosis.
He landed awkwardly on his left foot at one point, wincing in pain. He resumed the workout a few seconds later, and said he's less afraid to test the foot than he was two months ago, when he started running again. "That's just the confidence," Yao said. "I think everybody would have that after a foot injury, and (I'm) just still a little bit weak on that. I just need to continue to build on that. Compared to two months ago, it's really a lot better."