‘You Can’t Be in the Right Frame of Mind’: When Mike Tyson Forced Joe Rogan to Be Honest

Published 11/12/2021, 10:00 AM EST


Mike Tyson and Joe Rogan have been two of the most notable names in the combat community. One is known for his in-ring prowess and the other is known as one of the most iconic voices of the UFC. Having seen combat sports from different perspectives, Rogan and Tyson can relate to several things in their vast careers.

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What can be shocking to many people is that Joe Rogan also holds some experience in the sport and wanted to be a professional at one point. In one of his podcasts, Rogan discussed it with Mike Tyson. Meanwhile, Mike Tyson explained the mindset that drove him to accept the sport of fighting. It urged Joe Rogan to accept the same and reflect on his vision of the combat world.

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“I did kickboxing and Tae-Kwon do tournaments. I was pretty good at Tae-Kwon-do, I won a bunch of state championships and won a few national tournaments,” said Joe Rogan.

In response, Mike Tyson said, “When did you know you wanted to get physical with another human being and do this stuff. Because you know you can’t be in a right frame of mind to want to do this stuff. You gotta realize that. People do this stuff not in the right frame of mind. And that’s dealing with fear drives you insane.”

He added, “I was insane during my career.”

Mike Tyson has talked about the ill effects of fighting several times, but that is something that has given him all the fame. Rogan has also been in the sport for several years and understands it to the core. Thus, their insights are valuable.

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Having seen fighters get knocked out cold and suffer gruesome injuries, Rogan and Tyson know the dark sides of the sport. That raises more questions as to how Rogan would have fared in the game of combat. He had a superb physique and enough experience to start a combat career. But the American comedian found success in the entertainment industry.

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He also became a valuable commentator for the UFC. That said, Mike Tyson had a very different career.

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The heavyweight legend, who became one of the most vicious hitters of all time, is now a celebrity persona. Akin to Rogan, he also has his own podcast. Hence, it’s another common feature that ‘Iron’ and Rogan share.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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