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Mike Tyson on Ronda Rousey's killer aura: 'I see myself when I watch her'

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Ronda Rousey has indeed changed the mixed martial arts (MMA) game for good.

Since her arrival in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), she has elevated women's MMA and taken down each of the five would-be challengers sent her way, all while drawing multiple comparisons to heavyweight boxing legend "Iron" Mike Tyson.

In fact, the 49-year-old Tyson sees a spitting image of himself in the pound-for-pound great and women's bantamweight champion.

"She has that killer aura, meaning anything is capable of happening," Tyson said during Rousey's UFC 190 media day (via ESPN). "Whoa! That's exciting before the fight even starts. I think of myself when I watch her."

Though Rousey's brilliance inside the cage has separated her from just about every other woman in the female bantamweight division, it is her bravado and intimidation that oozes out of her every time she weighs in or when the cage door locks behind her.

Her boss, UFC President Dana White, has noted numerous times the resemblances between Rousey and Tyson.

"These are two of the greatest to ever walk the planet in their sports," White said. "Not many people in the world can relate to that."

Over the course of five UFC title defenses, "Rowdy" has spent just over 16 minutes inside the Octagon. Tyson flustered and put his opponents away to the tune of 44 career knockouts.

During "Iron" Mike's walk through of Rousey's Glendale Fighting Club open training session, the pair of revered champions made small talk, with the former expressing his admiration for the way the UFC star blocks out spectators around her.

Rousey, however, knows she is in great company.

"It's very humbling, and I was just honored that he would go through the trouble or go out of his way to watch me train," Rousey said. "I'm really glad he was able to come, but it won't be until after I beat Bethe and go home and go back to the hotel and look at myself in the mirror for the first time, like he was saying -- that's the moment it all hits you. He knows better than anyone what that moment is like."

Champions recognize champions. When all is said and done, and time has come for her to hang up her gloves, Tyson feels she is well on her way to becoming immortalized in the sport.

"If you're a god, you have to know how to decimate, and that's what she does," said Tyson.

Rousey is hard at work in her California-based camp as she gets set to topple the only woman to "succeed in being disliked more than Meisha Tate," No. 1 contender Bethe Correia, on Sat., Aug. 1, 2015 inside HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The bout promises to be a high-octane battle as Correia has taken out two of Rousey's "four horsewomen" stablemates en route to an undefeated 9-0 professional record. The boisterous Brazilian has clearly gotten under her opponent's skin with some distasteful remarks, which she later apologized for.

Rousey knows a thing or two about serious verbal zingers.

Right, Floyd Mayweather?

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