“I Watch That More Than Fighting” – Mike Tyson Opens Up on His Obsession With the UFC

Published 04/22/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
Mike Tyson attends Comedy Central’s Roast of Charlie Sheen at Sony Studios on September 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.


In the modern fight universe today, the UFC has rolled itself out as one sheer fan-favorite organization. It is principally the biggest MMA fight promotion that boasts countless fight prospects from different nations. Not only the casual fans, but the UFC has pinned some boxing bigwigs as its hardcore fans too. One such name in that list is ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’, Mike Tyson.

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In his new Hotboxin podcast, ‘Iron’ Mike detailed his love for the UFC in his own eccentric way.

“I think that’s beautiful. I watch that more than fighting because this is what I know, I can look and imagine. And I’m not sure this could be good, I can look at UFC and know I’m getting entertained. If I don’t know these guys (boxing), I’m going to the UFC, that’s just a real deal,” he said.

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YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 6, 2018: American professional boxer Mike Tyson during a press conference following a boxing masterclass for RCC Boxing Promotions boxers and children at the Martial Arts Academy established by the Russian Copper Company. Donat Sorokin/TASS (Photo by Donat SorokinTASS via Getty Images)

The UFC provides the biggest platform of all to the most talented MMA fighters. That said, the 50-6 boxer enjoys watching UFC fights as they have some of the most spine-chilling matchups across various divisions. Additionally, Tyson has made several appearances in countless UFC fights, and even shares a great bond with the promotion’s president, Dana White.

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Mike Tyson and his bond with the UFC fighters

For so many years, Tyson has showcased his love for various UFC fighters. He has massive respect for all of them and even shares a sublime bond with a few fighters like Francis Ngannou, Henry Cejudo, and more.

Moreover, Tyson never fails to bring in these stout UFC names to his podcast and share their anecdotes with millions of fans.

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‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ recently brought in the newly crowned UFC heavyweight champ, Francis Ngannou to his podcast. As a result, millions of Tyson’s and Ngannou’s fans tuned into the episode and it ended up being an absolute blockbuster.

Moving further, ‘Iron’ Mike will look forward to keeping his relationship with the UFC and its fighters on the peak. Also, he will look ahead to rolling out more such podcasts with big-name UFC fighters soon.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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