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11/21/12 12:25 PM
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ESPN's Zach McCann spoke with Mike Tyson about his charity, his personal journey, his one-man show, and the UFC.

Zach McCann: You’ve said in the past you’re not a changed man, you’re just in a different phase of your life. Is that what you mean?

Mike Tyson: People always say this guy has changed or whatever, but nobody has ever changed. People just choose to go a different direction with their life. I chose a direction in my life, a direction that is profitable for other people, more so than me. That’s why I don’t do things for myself anymore. If I do things for myself, I’m self-destructive. But to see I can do things that pay it forward and help other people, I see that as something admirable to do, instead of just being greedy and getting rich for myself. I can do so much more now for other people than I’ve always done.

ZM: These days, with UFC being so popular, boxing isn’t necessarily getting the best fighters. If you were an 18-year-old kid now, would you still be a boxer?

Mike Tyson: That’d all depend on my trainer. When I came up, my trainer was a boxing guy. If my guy was in UFC, I’d probably go that way.

Zach McCann: You’re into MMA, right?

Mike Tyson: Oh yeah, I love UFC, big time. How could you not be? They play UFC so much, you see it year round, and you just have to want to be a fan. If you’re not a fan, you’re not cool.

I think some young kids may think that in boxing you’re so restricted with just your punching power and your hand speed. In natural fighting, anything goes; you’re not restricted at all. Anything on your body is a weapon. I don’t disagree with that. Wouldn’t you like to have more than just your hands to fight with? You know how I feel; I got into a fight and bit Evander’s ear off. I didn’t plan to do it, that’s just how the mind thinks in that situation.

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This should work here. Prebeck on Youtube is freaking hilarious

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Tyson Knows...

War Iron Mike

 

11/21/12 12:52 PM
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He was the greatest. Hands down. There never was a more aggressively fierce destructor. That's when I loved boxing. When you get 20 people together for a PPV party to watch him humiliate his opponent in 15 seconds.
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I like it when boxers praise MMA and say they enjoy it not like some who make lame comebacks about MMA to try and be funny
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Peeing your pants is the coolest.

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In natural fighting, anything goes; you’re not restricted at all. Anything on your body is a weapon. I don’t disagree with that. Wouldn’t you like to have more than just your hands to fight with?. You know how I feel; I got into a fight and bit Evander’s ear off. I didn’t plan to do it, that’s just how the mind thinks in that situation.

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i love how he's trying to pass off the ear biting as a natural, human tendency which parallels MMA vs the limitations of boxing. 

Tyson in his prime is one guy that with minimal ground training could have likely tore through mma.  him with those little gloves on and great TDD? yikes

11/21/12 1:02 PM
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That's a quality Mike Tyson. And of course the rest too, love Renzo :D
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Mike Tyson with TDD yikes....

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Mike Tyson with TDD yikes....


6 months.. that's all it takes, breh.
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DO YOU WANT TO BE FUCKING COOL???

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Love how Mikes idea of MMA is biting someone's ear off. Phone Post
11/21/12 2:21 PM
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imagine Tyson in NHB fights back in the day, dude would straight eat your heart and drink the blood from your cracked cranium like a soup goblet
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Can't argue with the man. Phone Post
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Damn that Devo video took me back.

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I bet Iron Mike would still fuck dudes up, if he could stop the takedown, even at his age now.
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well cool people, you've probably been waiting for a fat nerd with mental problems to validate your coolness. that day has come.
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can anyone think of a sports figure who was so close to rock bottom then made this type of comeback in life? i cannot

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Mike Tyson with TDD yikes....


6 months.. that's all it takes, breh.

Fuck the 6 months of sprawling. Just let 'em bang bro. 

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Peeing your pants is the coolest.

I came here to say that!! haha! Phone Post
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can anyone think of a sports figure who was so close to rock bottom then made this type of comeback in life? i cannot


Ray Lewis?
11/21/12 8:14 PM
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can anyone think of a sports figure who was so close to rock bottom then made this type of comeback in life? i cannot


Ray Lewis?

yeah.  lots of people in sports come from being in the slums, i should have worded it in the sense of coming from nothing, making it huge, going back to nothing, then getting it all back like a rollercoaster, not to mention how he changed his mind from insecure dumb and angry, to confident, happy and smarter.  i saw no hope in him i thought he was done.  Pretty interesting life will make a good movie one day


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