Mike Tyson says if you're not a UFC fan, you're not cool

Vittorio Zunino Celotto

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson talks about his love for mixed martial arts and UFC. In addition, "Kid Dynamite" says he would have been a cage fighter had his trainers been into MMA rather than boxing. Tyson in four ounce gloves? Yikes.

If anybody knows what it means to be "cool," it's a man with a giant tattoo splattered across his face.

Former heavyweight boxing champion and one-time "Baddest man on the planet," Mike Tyson, has been a fan of mixed martial arts (MMA) since its inception. In fact, his favorite fighter of all time is none other than ex-PRIDE deity Fedor Emelianenko.

And Tyson (via ESPN), ignoring his previous salary critique, can even envision a scenario where he became an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter rather than a pugilist:

"When I came up, my trainer was a boxing guy. If my guy was in UFC, I’d probably go that way... 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. I would love to do that stuff."

Imagine a prime Tyson with little four ounce gloves?

Yikes.

"Kid Dynamite" was one of the best fighters on the planet prior to his rape conviction in 1992. That, coupled with a handful of high-profile losses, began a downward spiral that ended in ear-biting, face tattoos and bankruptcy. And a cameo in The Hangover!

Now that's cool.

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