Mike Tyson: James Toney was 'horrible' but 'respectful' boxers can win in MMA

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"You have to admit, Toney looked horrible. He looked slow. He didn't look like a seasoned, conditioned athlete. You only had to look at his body structure. No way, Toney didn't get ready to fight a real, professional athlete like Randy is. It was ridiculous. He had no respect for Randy.... I know 100 percent that a boxer (could win). As long as he learns how to grapple and wrestle, he could do great. You've got to go in there respecting the sport, and not just thinking you're going to knock somebody out every time. It's a complicated sport, but a good boxer has to be a great athlete anyway."

Legendary heavyweight boxing champion -- and unabashed mixed martial arts fan -- Mike Tyson weighs in on the James Toney freak show, saying "Lights Out" did himself and the "Sweet Science" a disservice by thinking he could go in and just knockout Randy Couture at UFC 118 back in August. Toney ended up taking an early nap, succumbing to a choke midway through the first round after looking like a fish out of water. UFC President Dana White cut him shortly thereafter, indicating that he had proven his point: World class boxers just can't walk into a cage and steamroll a well-trained MMA fighter. Tyson, meanwhile, feels that it is possible for a boxer to transition to the sport, but he needs to be athletic and take it seriously. Care to disagree with "Iron?" Be sure to catch Tyson on tonight's episode of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) on Spike TV. He'll be sitting ringside and making a special appearance as a guest of White and presumably the network.

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