The Former heavyweight champion and Boxing legend Mike Tyson dominated the heavyweight division from his professional debut in 1985 to 1990. During that year in which he suffered his first loss to his opponent Buster Douglas. After that, Mike returned to the road of victory and scored 8 wins online, but then again was defeated, this time at the hands of Evander Holyfield in 1996. From there, Tyson’s performances in the ring began to falter becoming inconsistent where he went through a series of wins, losses and No Contest.
In 2013, Mike released a statement to UFC Tonight where he mentioned what he would have done if he had made a fight with BJJ ace Royce Gracie who in 1993 surprised the sports world with his huge Participation in UFC 1 (via MMAImports.com):
“Well, in ’93 I was in prison, so we would not have had a fight, but there’s no way I could have won that fight. I had no idea what was going on with that kind of fight and would have been taken by surprise. He should have trained in that specific fighting art before (to face Gracie). That is a particular art.
You can not enter (to the cage) only with your hand and without having a great game of floor. You also need very good Struggle to be successful, and besides you will not be exciting. You must have both games (standing and floor fighting). You have to know how to fight and how to box. That’s the truth.” – Mike Tyson
Tyson is honest when he says that he would hardly have been victorious in a match against Royce, but he also admits that he would have liked to try it in the MMA:
“My ego would have told me that I am the best fighter in the world in all particular aspects of combat, and I have tried.”. Many may agree with this statement from Mike.