Mike Tyson (far right) poses with his favorite MMA fighter, heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko (middle).
You want mainstream love for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)?
Well, here it is, in the beautifully dysfunctional form of Mike Tyson hanging out with Rosie O'Donnell on her "Rosie Show" and discussing their love of all things mixed martial arts (MMA).
Neither are strangers to the sport. Rosie, for her part, is head over heels in love with Urijah Faber, gushing about him every time the sport comes up. That's not just because she loves how cute he is with his little hair, as Tyson himself so eloquently put it, but because he planted a kiss on her during a walkout for one of his fights.
As for "Iron" Mike, he revealed that he's one of many pro athletes who would have competed in MMA if it was as big in his heyday as it is now. But since it wasn't and he didn't, he's left to admire the athletes who did make that decision.
And his favorite should be no surprise:
"I love mixed martial arts. (My favorite fighter) doesn't do well anymore, his name's Fedor Emelianenko. He used to be the greatest ever, he was the greatest."
That point, much like like Tyson's place in the discussion of who is the greatest heavyweight to ever compete in boxing, is, of course, up for debate.
And at least he's a lot more honest with Fedor's current place in the game than some of "The Last Emperor's" other fanboys.
Tyson is a full decade older than Emelianenko, but that doesn't mean we can't spitball on how a match up between the two would look when both men were in their prime.
Who wins under boxing rules? Who wins under MMA rules? What about a straight up street fight? Best of three, winner take all, folks. It's a slow lazy Saturday afternoon, let's hear your thoughts on this fantasy match up.