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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-18-2010, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Mike Tyson Training In Mma?

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Sources close to the situation have informed us that former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has been training in mixed martial arts at a private training camp in Las Vegas. Word is that the future boxing Hall of Famer has been working "extensively" on his ground game and is actually enjoying the idea of stepping into a cage for an MMA bout. The thought of the 44-year-old Mike Tyson in a cage may come as a shock to boxing fans, or any fan for that matter, but MMA fans have grown accustomed to seeing his face over the past few months, appearing in video blogs with UFC President Dana White and, more recently, two episodes of The Ultimate Fighter Season 12. Each time, Tyson has expressed great admiration for the sport.

If there is more to Tyson's training than just his appreciation of the sport, it wouldn't be the first time that he's flirted with the prospect of an MMA bout. In 2003, Tyson showed up at K-1: Battle at The Bellagio and challenged Bob Sapp. After a brief skirmish in the ring moments after Sapp's victory over Kimo Leopoldo, Tyson challenged the 365-pound "Beast" to a fight, stating, "I think Mr. Sapp is awesome. He has awesome physical power. As I said before, if we fight in the Marquess of Queensberry, I'd fight him tonight...Sign the contract big boy. Sign the contract!" Tyson was actually signed to K-1 and it appeared as though the fight would be made, but ultimately, the fight never came off.

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Hopefully not, another washed up ex boxing champ looking for a pay day. But would be interesting, the guy is strong as an OX.
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It would not be interesting. He/d lose in an embarrasing manner very quickly.

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Maybe he could make the transition if he was in his early thirties or late twenties but not now. Anything with Tyson in it will be interesting.
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Maybe he could make the transition if he was in his early thirties or late twenties but not now. Anything with Tyson in it will be interesting.
Yeh, that's my thoughts. Interesting just to see the loose cannon Tyson in the ring. But I agree, unless he seriously tried to transition into MMA at a young age, it is just pointless.
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This actually isn't new. There were rumors at one point that Tyson was going into PRIDE but that never materialized either. Regardless, I certainly hope that if he does go into MMA he is much better than Toney was and more along the lines of Mercer!

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post #6 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-19-2010, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Yeh, Tyson would be much more along the lines of Mercer, big punch, strong.

Toney was a blown up middle, who wouldn't even balance at heavyweight in a boxing ring years ago. No way he was going to stop a takedown even by a lightweight.

He just fell over by himself when Randy even touched his leg, LOL.
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Well Randy should be given more credit than that. He took a legitimate shot that isn't seen too often in MMA. Though Toney obviously couldn't defend that shot if a featherweight took it Randy should still be given credit for it!

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He's already in shape to be UFC champ lol:

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I think he is just doing it for fitness and an interview a year or two ago he said the ground game was what he was most interested in.

But If he does get into it, i don't think it would be anymore then freakshow fights.

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The one advantage that Tyson would have over a guy like Toney or a guy like Mercer besides you know being Mike freaking Tyson is that Tyson is a huge fan of MMA. Guys like Toney don't truly respect the sport and just think they are gonna land that one big punch early. Tyson knew what Randy was gonna do to Toney because as a fan and somebody who has some actual respect for th sport he watches and understand the level of skill and the intricateness of the ground game. As a fan I don't think Tyson would be stupid enough to think he could count on landing that one big punch early.




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