If I can speculate on this "what if" match for a second:
If there was a match between Chuck Liddell of now, and a 22 year old Mike Tyson, if the match did not hit the ground quickly, the odds of Tyson walking away increases by quite a bit. Since we're only saying "22 year old Mike Tyson" and not "22 year old Mike Tyson with MMA training," once the fight hits the ground he has almost no chance of catching Liddell. His only chance is to catch Liddell when the distance is closing.
However, if Liddell did entertain the idea of standing with Mike longer than 30 seconds, he wouldn't even have a chance to realize it was a mistake. He'd be put to sleep way before that.
But the chances are that a clinch will happen, and it will end up on the ground. Although a 22 year old Mike Tyson is a sight to behold, Chuck isn't just going to stand in front of him and let him throw punches. If we want to know what happens when a Pro Boxer steps into the octagon, we only need to look to UFC 4, when Melton Bowen (Pro HW Boxer with a record of 35W-9L-0D/28 KOs) faced Steve Jennum, a part-time cop who came in with a Ninjitsu pedegree. The fight ended when the two clinched, Jennum took Bowen to the ground and armbarred him. That was a certifiable Pro HW Boxer in the UFC cage.
I'm not saying 22 year old Mike Tyson is less skilled than Melton Bowen...
But I can't put Steve Jennum in the same skill category as Chuck Liddell.
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Last edited by Onganju; 07-12-2006 at 03:12 AM.