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UFC president talks Tyson’s legacy

UFC President Dana White and former boxing champion Mike Tyson stand on stage during the UFC 160 weigh-in
UFC President Dana White loves himself some "Iron Mike".
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Dana White sure has a way with words when discussing any subject, let alone the legacy of the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson. In a short excerpt from the new FOX reality series “Being Mike Tyson”, the UFC President and boxing’s living legend himself are shown palling around together, as they are known to do, backstage at an event with White waxing on about the difference of what Tyson is like today as opposed to the fearsome “Iron Mike” of yesteryear.

“Do you remember how he was then,” states White. “You would s*** your pants if this guy walked in the room. When you talk to mixed martial artists, some of these guys are really mellow, easy going guys, but inside that’s how they are. If that’s not how you are then you don’t even belong in this sport.”

As the UFC President grew up in boxing and is naturally a fight fan, it’s no surprise White speaks highly of Tyson’s infamous intensity, which made him not only a terrifying competitor, but an entertaining lightning rod for the sport. “The thing with boxing is, the heavyweight division died when he left,” asserts White with no sense of hyperbole as the ardent critic of the Klitschko brothers and their sleep inducing style.

Also, for boxing purists, it’s not rare to see Tyson at UFC events as “The Baddest Man on the Planet” is an enthusiastic MMA supporter who even traveled in September to UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader in Brazil and congratulated Glover Teixeira inside the Octagon following his first round TKO of Ryan Bader.

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