Originally Posted by IronMan
GMan, I've sparred with Chuck Liddell and he's not a one dimensional fighter. Maybe he's never taken down an opponent in the octagon, but can he clinch with Tyson and then drop him on the ground and destroy him? Yes. and so can any decent MMA heavyweight or lightheavyweight. Tyson would come into the fight one-dimensional and Chuck would put his back on the canvas and then submit him or just beat him black and blue.
Like I said, I think Chuck's best chance would be if he were able to submit Tyson, but I can picture Chuck moving in for the takedown, and getting caught with one of Mike's trademark uppercuts or a right hook to end the fight quickly, before it even got to the ground (where Chuck would absolutely have a major advantage). I've seen that kind scenerio happen before, as you probably have many times, to the advantage of strikers that were far more inferior than Tyson was. Tyson hitting someone full-on without boxing gloves is a scary thought. A lot of MMA fighters have great chins, but I don't see Chuck being able to take a blow from Tyson, and I'm pretty sure Mike would get at least one in before it hit the mat. Then again, Chuck could shoot really low, drop Tyson, and put him away with a heel hook before Mike even has a chance to punch him. Who knows how it could play out, but it's fun to imagine.
We scoff at Danny Abaddi's non-existant MMA skills in TUF 3, but the kid landed a clean shot on Ed at the start of their match that caught Ed asleep, and could have ended that fight before it started if Danny had a little more power behind him, or followed it up with a better combination. I'm just speculating possibility, and let's not forget... this whole thread is mere speculation.
PS: must have been cool as hell sparring with Chuck!